Page 1

Gold Coast / Tweed

Newspaper Your Award Winning Seniors’ Newspaper - Written for Seniors by Seniors Vol 12. - Issue No. 5

JUNE 2012

1300 880 265


Game on for Sporting Wheelies! AERODYNAMICALLY the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bee doesn’t know that – similarly, the disabled want to be known for their abilities, not their disability. In spite of some high profile sports champions like Louise Sauvage and Kurt Fearnley, challenges still face disabled people wanting to take part in sport. Transport issues and a lack of volunteers can be part of the problem. Since 2007, Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association, under the auspices of the Australian Sports Commission, has been the Queensland coordinator of Sports CONNECT. The aim is to increase the number of people with a disability involved in sport and active recreation at the level of their choice - as participants, administrators, coaches, officials or volunteers. Bowls Queensland are active participants in the program. People of all ages can play - people in wheelchairs, people with visual impairment, those with hearing disorders, or with other intellectual or physical disabilities – all can play the game with people of similar impairments or alongside able-bodied bowlers with little or no modifications to the game itself. Volunteering with Sporting Wheelies is a great way to have fun, learn new skills, share your talents, meet new people and help others. Go to or call the Queensland Blind Bowlers Association on (07) 3356 1809 or (07) 5498 7286 if you would like to offer your support. Experience is not necessary as training is provided where necessary. If you want to see some real champions in action, get yourself along to the 2012 Multi Disability Lawn Bowls State Championships which will be held at the Chermside Bowls Club, Rode Road, Chermside from Sunday 9th to Wednesday 12th September 2012. Sports CONNECT aims to increase the number of people with a disability get involved in sport

on i t n Me for a t ad oun s i th Disc 20%

Call us today for your estate • WILLS planning needs. • POWERS We are happy to come to you OF ATTORNEY

5591 2222 MCG LEGAL Level 2, 67 Davenport Street, Southport 4215


Gold Coast/Tweed Also publishers of Brisbane Seniors Newspaper & Sunshine Coast Seniors Newspaper. Delivered from Gympie to Murwillumbah.

ABN 26 089 559 697

P.O. Box 1062, Tewantin, Qld. 4565

Independently Owned & Operated Locally Editorial: 1300 880 265 Email:

Advertising: Debbie McGrath:

(07) 5530 2928

Published monthly and distributed FREE across the Gold Coast & Tweed

Email: website:

Printed by APN Printing, Yandina, Queensland

Would you like to Master your Computer in 90 Minutes? Up your skills to surf the net, email, use Facebook, Skype and much more. Easy to follow Classes held every Tuesday!

BOOK NOW! BRAND NEW DESKTOP COMPUTERS FROM JUST $350 We also offer in-store and onsite computer repairs.

07 5527 6081 I

SENIORS NEWS Loneliness - A thing of the past at Burleigh THE Never Alone Friendship Centre at Burleigh Heads has ensured that being a senior doesn’t mean isolation and loneliness. For nearly two years the Centre has attracted a number of people from within the community who have for a number of reason, found themselves very much alone and isolated. However they soon found that through the Centre they have been able to fill their lives with new friends and regular social activities . The Centre is an outreach initiative of the Burleigh Heads Uniting Church staffed by volunteers from within the church and the community. Each week the Centre caters for about 40 guests, starting with morning tea then the guests have a choice of a variety of activities including card games, table games, indoor bowls, table tennis, card making mixed with interesting guests speakers. There are frequent outings and visiting entertainers. A spokesman for the Centre said that their aim was to reach as many lonely and isolated people in the

Pictured are some members of the Never Alone Friendship Centre at a recent visit to the Hinterland Heritage Village waiting for “the train than never came� on the platform of the old Nerang railway station.

community as they can in Further enquires can be 0425 334 262 or Dulcie and an endeavor to give these made by calling Colin on Neville on 5562 2993. people an opportunity to break the boredom of living alone. “We have people from retirement villages and aged care home regularly visiting us “ he went on to say. “Everyone is welcome and there is no cost involved. SENIORS! You are never too old to enjoy beauTransport can be artiful music, never too old to learn how to dance, ranged in some circumnever too old to meet new people, so never too stances�. The centre opold to join in with Swing or Sway dance exererates each Wednesday cises to music! at the church on the corEvery Thursday noon to 1pm at Coolangatta Sener of Burleigh Street and nior Citizens Centre [next to bowling green] No West Burleigh Road bepartner needed. Dress casual. $3 members and tween the hours of 9 am visitors $5. Enquiries 5599 7004. and noon.

Coolangatta Senior Citizens



The recent rapid advancement in hearing aid technology has resulted in hundreds of Gold Coast residents being ďŹ tted every week with state of the art digital hearing aids. The development of fully automatic settings now means that users can insert the device and forget about it. Optimum comfort is ensured as each aid is uniquely manufactured to match an impression taken of your ear.

“I am so overjoyed with the improvement in my life. I ďŹ rst noticed I was having difďŹ culty hearing when there was more than one person talking. It wasn’t always clear and I kept asking them to repeat themselves.

The best part is my hearing aids are so small most people don’t know I’m wearing them.� Frances – Carrara, QLD



Page 2 - Gold Coast Seniors - June 2012


hearing assessment and hearing aid recommendations





07 5578 6669


A1 Discreet Hearing Aids specialise in the latest technology and provide a full range of in-the-ear and behind-the-ear hearing instruments, catering to all needs.

Life is a lot easier now that I have my new digital hearing aids. The TV does not have to be so loud and I can hear everybody clearly even when they speak softly. I’m so much more conďŹ dent socialising with friends.

SENIORS NEWS Bomber Command Memorial to be unveiled

A MEMORIAL in London’s Green Park to honour the 55,573 men of Bomber Command who lost their lives in World War II, has been completed in time for a Dedication and Unveiling on Thursday 28th June. The Memorial will be a fitting tribute to those who gave everything so that we may be free today and

it will help generations to come to understand, in some small way, the heavy price that was paid by those who felt that freedom was worth fighting and dying for. At the heart of the memorial are bronze sculptures of the aircrew. Within the memorial, the space is open to the sky with an opening de-

signed to allow light to fall directly onto the aircrew. Visitors will always see the profile of the sculpture against the sky above them, day and night - thus rendering that section of the sky powerfully symbolic for the memorial. The design for the roof, inspired by the geodetic construction used in the Vickers Wellington

bomber, will incorporate sections of aluminium recovered from a Handley Page Halifax III bomber shot down over Belgium on the night of 12 May 1944, in which 8 crew were killed. Three members of the crew John Summerhayes (mid upper-gunner), Fred Roach (tail gunner) and Wilbur Bentz (pilot) were still at their stations when the aircraft was excavated from a swamp in Schendelbeke in 1997. They were buried with full military honours alongside the five other members of the crew at Geraardsbergen. One of the key reasons for the Memorial being located in the heart of London is that the city owes its comparative safety from aerial bombardment during World War II to RAF Bomber Command. Their continued offen-

sive throughout the war ensured that the battle was fought over enemy territory. The location is close to Buckingham Palace, where the Royal Family remained during World War Two, and Whitehall, at the heart of government then as now. The Australian Government is sending a commemorative mission of eight Australian Bomber Command veterans to the Bomber Command Memorial dedication and has offered a $3000 grant to other veterans who wish to attend, but many feel that this is not enough. The veteran airmen are all around 90 years of age and would find such a trip daunting without full support.

Robina Branch National Seniors Australia NATIONAL Seniors is a not for profit organisation with branches across Australia. It lobbies State and Federal parliaments to improve the wellbeing of Seniors in areas of aged care, health, transport and other relevant issues. Everyone over the age of 50 is welcome to join. The Robina Branch of National Seniors meets at the Robina Community Centre on the third Tuesday of the month at 10am. Morning tea, lucky table draw and a raffle form part of our monthly meetings. Our committee organises interesting guest speakers who cover various topics

such as finance, health issues, current road rules and services available to assist you in your home. Following each meeting a number of our members get together for lunch at a local eatery so lots of friendships are formed outside the Branch. We also have outings each month which have included BBQs, bus trips, ten pin bowling, live shows and river cruises. We recently celebrated our 12th birthday with a lovely lunch, so why not come along and join in the fun and perhaps make new friends. Further information can be obtained from Dagmar on 5559 2717.

Grandparents Wanted

MORE and more grandparents are assuming the role of long term carer for their grandchildren. Community social policy has not kept up with the unique needs of these grandparents who remain an under recognised and under resourced carer group. We are conducting a study to explore the experiences of grandparents who are full or part-time carers of

grandchild(ren). Participation involves a short interview and a brief survey. All grandparents who complete the interview and survey receive a $10 Coles/ Myer gift voucher. If you can spare 60 to 90 minutes of your time to help us bring attention to this important issue please contact Dr. Rebekah Doley at Bond University on: (07) 5595 1344 or

Win $1000 just by entering the OPSO People’s Choice Media Awards! HAVE you seen a story or photograph in our paper over the past year that you would like to nominate for a media award? In the 2012 Older People Speak Out (OPSO) People’s Choice Media Awards, OPSO are asking you to nominate any media item which features Seniors in a positive light and to say, in no more than 50 words, why you think this item deserves an award. The item must have been published between 13th September, 2011 and 31st August, 2012. Media stories showing seniors in a positive light help to inform the public and break down negative stereotypes about older people. Equally important, such stories and photos are changing the way we seniors regard ourselves and are bringing to many a new selfimage. One section of the awards - The People’s Choice Awards - is open to all members of the public. By entering, you could win a trip to Brisbane and $1000! Find an item in our newspaper published between 13th

September 2011 and 31st August this year that illustrates positive ageing and that you consider worthy of recommendation for an award; in fifty words or less, tell why the item should win an award; send your entry to OPSO, PO Box 623, Brisbane, Qld 4001. Entries close on 1st September and the Awards Ceremony takes place in Brisbane on 1st October. You can enter as many times as you like. All winners will be flown to Brisbane, accommodated overnight at a 4 1/2 star hotel and invited to accept a prize at the Awards Ceremony in Brisbane on 1st October 2012. You can learn more about the Media awards and download entry forms from the website at or you can contact OPSO by telephone on (07) 3219 2572. OPSO is a Queensland based advocacy group for seniors’ issues and rights, founded by Val French AM.


and PRE 1970 OLD WARES

Make life easier with an Acorn Stairlift An Acorn Stairlift could be the key to retaining your independence, while still being able to enjoy the beauty and space of the home you love.

Direct from the manufacturer Best price guaranteed Safe, reliable and trouble free For straight or curved staircases Ask about our free home assessment Indoor and outdoor lifts available


• Old China • Jewellery (Any Condition) • We call to you personally - BUYING NOW! ALL GOLD • STERLING SILVER • ALL COINS • SOVEREIGNS • WAR ITEMS China and Silver Tea Sets, Crystal, Wedgewood, Royal Doulton, Shelley, Lamps, Old Books, Dolls, Perfume Bottles, Furniture, Clocks, War Medals, Linen, Postcards - ‘ALL ANTIQUES & OLD ITEMS Experienced Cash Buyer GARY CONDON - Est. 1970 ALL OLD WRIST & FOB WATCHES

COLLECTOR SALES • Ph Caroline on 5577 5111 or 0418 769 799 June 2012 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 3

SENIORS NEWS Survivor urges women to attend free breast screenings


FOR SALE 10 Julatten Drive, Robina Island $729,000

368 Oxley Drive, Runaway Bay $239,000

I can help you with . . . ◆ Best Method of Sale ◆ How to Market your Property ◆ How to decide on Listing Price ◆ How to Prepare your Property For Sale ◆ The Best way to get Started

For Obligation Free Advice, call me Louise Morrison - Property Consultant Ph 0418 887 815

1300 762 462


1685 (SAVE $265)

Only 2 Available NEW Pride 4 Wheel GoGo Elite Traveller & Portable Indoor Scooter

Breast cancer survivor and mother of three Dianne Lewis is urging women to join the B r e a s t S c r e e n Queensland Program and take advantage of the free mobile breast screening service visiting Robina Library and Community Centre until June 22. Dianne, from Tallebudgera, understands first-hand the importance of early detection. After receiving a letter from BreastScreen Queensland in July 2006 to remind her she was due for her screening mammogram, Dianne booked in to attend a breastscreen at the relocatable service visiting Robina. Shortly after this routine check-up, Dianne, then 50, was called to attend the Southport Screening and Assessment Service for extra tests on an area of interest indicated on her breast x-ray, an area later confirmed as cancer. Six years on, Dianne is glad she attended when she did and says she is “excellent” thanks to B r e a s t S c r e e n Queensland detecting her breast cancer early. Dianne is enjoying life and looking forward to celebrating the birth of her fourth grandchild with her eldest daughter Toni and family. Dianne used to think breast cancer was something that happened to other women. She now urges others not to delay

Large range of Quality Second-hand Mobility Scooters to suit all budgets

• Large range of New & Used Scooters from Shoprider, Merits, Invacare & Pride • Wheelchairs/Walkers Visit the BEST • Lift Chairs showroom on the • Daily Living Aids Covering Tweed, coast to view our • Power Chairs Gold Coast & Northern Rivers great range of • Huge range of Spare scooters and Parts & Accessories We are moving from 1st July equipment. • Free Home Demos we will be at 2/84-86 Industry Drive, TWEED HEADS SOUTH • Interest Free Finance Showroom open Monday Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm (conditions apply) and Saturday • Expert Servicing 8.30am - 12 noon • Hire Equipment • Emergency Breakdown Service Page 4 - Gold Coast Seniors - June 2012

07 5524 4398 1800 726 000

having breastscreens. “I always thought it could never happen to me but, as my daughter Toni said to me after I was diagnosed, ‘Mum, we’re not invincible!’,” Dianne said. “Early detection is what it’s all about. You simply can’t afford to put it off. It could happen to you. “I make sure to pass on to my daughters and women I know the importance of regular checkups,” she said. B r e a s t S c r e e n Queensland Gold Coast Service Director Dr Ellen Dooris also knows the benefits of breast checks, particularly for older women. “The risk of breast cancer increases dramatically in women after the age of 50. Having regular breastscreens is the most effective way of detecting breast cancer in its early stages, well before women or their doctors can feel anything,” Dr Dooris said. “Women aged between 50 and 69 are strongly encouraged to have breastscreens every two years, but this free service is available for women in their 40s and aged 70 years and over,” she said. Eligible women can arrange appointments at the mobile breast screening

service visiting Robina until 22 June, or at one of the permanent facilities at Helensvale, Southport or West Burleigh, by phoning 13 20 50.

Pictured far left: Breast cancer survivor Dianne Lewis is pictured with her daughters Toni Lewis (left) and Mandy Gibbons.

Trivia with Allan Blackburn 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

Of what country is Riga the capital? What is the Russian word for fortress? What is 1000 kilograms called? In which city is Westminster Abbey? In the Brothers Grimm tale The Pied Piper, what town was referred to? Sloped letters like this are known as what? Which month has the most letters in its name? What is a scythe used for? What nationality was Marco Polo? What symbol is used for the star sign Libra? In 2011, who was Demi Moore’s husband? Who was the founder of the Virgin airline? Which sea’s name means “inland” or “middle of the earth”? In which Spanish city is the “Running of the Bulls” held? Which animals featured in Jim Carrey’s 2011 movie about Mr Popper? Where on the human body are cuspids found? Where in Queensland did James Nash dis cover gold in 1867? How did Joan of Arc die in 1431? What type of animal is a camelopard? The United Nations has an agency called WHO. What do the letters stand for? Answers on page 12

SENIORS NEWS Search on for Gold Coast’s top senior THE inaugural Gold Coast Senior of the Year Award will recognise a person who has made a significant contribution to the wellbeing of their peers. The award, from Gold Coast Seniors Regional Roundtable, replaces the previous Prim Hill Award. Roundtable chairperson Marianne Gevers said there were many people who had worked long and hard over the years to assist older people to live healthy and active lives. “Others advocate on behalf of older people and/or set about ensuring they have access to a range of services to support them through their later years,” Ms Gevers said. “These volunteers rarely seek recognition so their contributions remain anonymous. “We want to publicly acknowledge this good work in keeping seniors safe, comfortable and involved in their communities.” The Gold Coast Senior of the Year Award will be announced during Seniors Week, 18-26 August. “There is no monetary reward, simply a

public acknowledgement of the volunteer and their achievements,” Ms Gevers said. “This award will also help highlight and celebrate the role of seniors in their respective communities and make the community more aware of the issues affecting seniors.” Key criteria: Must be Gold Coast citizen; Actively involved in assisting their peer group; Does volunteer work, or has done previously, on the Gold Coast; Never received a major recognition award previously at state or federal level; Preferably has some involvement with Seniors Week Nominations, which close on July 31, should comprise no more than two A4 pages listing the person’s service and achievements in assisting Gold Coast seniors, plus three brief referee statements, nominee details and contact details. Nominations and enquiries should be sent to the Secretary, Gold Coast Seniors Regional Roundtable, via

✓ ✓ ✓ ✓

Bulk Billing Medicare DVA Provider/Senior Discounts No-Gap** Custom Orthotics Medically sterilised instruments

Back / Neck Pain Headaches / Migraines Hip / Knee / Ankle injuries Shoulder Pain



Including General Nailcare, Unsightly Thick Nails, Cracked Heels, Flat Feet, Orthitics, Corns, Callous, Ingrowing and Diabetic Care

We will listen to you, perform a thorough assessment and give you clear explanation ofthe problem

*If you’re suffering with muscle, joint or feet problems which affect your chronic health condition, such as diabetes, arthritis, stroke or musculoskeletal conditions, you may be eligible under the EPC Medicare Program to receive bulk billing at our clinic. Please ring for details.

Customised Orthotics . . .


Mudgeeraba Show has something for everyone THE Mudgeeraba Agricultural Show, a top attraction for all ages, is on again this year at the Mudgeeraba Showgrounds. Enjoy rides, show bags, side-show alley, wood chopping, equestrian events, night program, roving entertainment, cattle and poultry and even a ute muster. And don’t miss the stage entertainment or the art, craft and education pavilions. There’ll be so much to see and do. Something for everyone. When and where? Saturday June 23, 8am to 9pm, and Sunday June 24, 8:00am to 4pm, Mudgeeraba Showgrounds, cnr Mudgeeraba and Worongary Roads, Mudgeeraba. Admission prices are Adults $15.00; Family $30.00; Pensioners and Students $10.00; a Family 2-Day Pass $50.00; Preschoolers free entry; Adult 2-Day Pass $25.00. Contact is Kylie Holzinger (Mudgeeraba Show Society Inc) on (07) 5530 2754 (mobile: 0418 182 533); email:; website:

✓ ✓ ✓ ✓

✓ Includes a gait analysis ✓ Recording of measurement and review of current treatment ✓ Brand new pair of customised orthotics

Have you suffered from foot, leg and back pain and wondered if customised orthotic therapy could help? Do you wear orthotics and would like another pair? Then here’s the chance for you and your family to experience professional treatment with NO or LOW out of pocket expenses. The team at Your Body & Feet is offering their full Optical Scan

customised orthotic treatment with NO or LOW out of pocket expenses. Poorly functioning feet can often cause problems through the entire body: •HEEL PAIN •FOOT PAIN • SHIN AND KNEE PAIN • SPORTS AND CHILDREN’S PODIATRY Member Australian Podiatry Assoc and Board certified. HICAPS.

Health Fund Dependent. Podiatry cover necessary and annual limit applies

Same day appointment available

June 2012 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 5


We come to you!

Age Barriers to Work

Gold Coast/Tweed

Only $36.30 for 1 years (11 copies) subscription - includes GST & postage anywhere in Australia. Call 1300 880 265 to pay by Credit Card or send this form with your cheque/money order to:

ABN 26 089 559 697

Subscriptions Gold Coast/Tweed Seniors Newspaper P.O. Box 1062 Tewantin Q. 4565

YES! Send me my monthly copy of Gold Coast/Tweed Seniors Newspaper

Name: .......................................................................................... Address: ...................................................................................... ..................................................... P/Code: ................................. Phone: .........................................................................................

Page 6 - Gold Coast Seniors - June 2012

AUSTRALIA’S population is ageing rapidly. By 2044– 45 almost one in four Australians will be aged 65 years or older and this will have a significant implication for Australia’s economy with the need to encourage people to stay at work for as long as they are able and willing. The Australian Law Reform Commission has been asked to look at a range of laws, including superannuation law; family assistance, child support and social security law; employment law; insurance law; compensation laws; and any other relevant Commonwealth legislation exempt under the Age Discrimination Act 2004 (Cth). For the purposes of this Inquiry mature age is defined as being over 45 years. ALRC President Professor Rosalind Croucher said “There is often a complex interaction between things that are ‘barriers’ to workforce participation and things that are ‘incentives’ to leave the workforce. Leaving the paid workforce may also mean people are able to make a valuable contribution in other productive work—like the hugely important role of volunteers in our community. The ALRC considers that six interlinking principles should guide reform in this area: participation; independence; self-agency; system stability; system coherence; and fairness. One key question we are asking in the Issues Paper is whether there are any other principles that should inform our deliberations. Other questions refer to changes that should be made to remove barriers in the various areas of law under review.” This Issues Paper forms a basis for consultation. It is

intended to encourage informed community participation in the Inquiry by providing background information and highlighting the issues so far identified by the ALRC. The ALRC invited individuals and organisations to make submissions in response to the questions contained in the Issues Paper, or to any of the background material and analysis provided. This community input will help inform the development of draft recommendations for reform to be released in a Discussion Paper later in the year. Part-time Commissioner for the Inquiry, the Hon Susan Ryan AO, stated “A socially inclusive society is one in which everyone is valued and has the opportunity to participate fully in the life of our society, including participation in paid work where that is the person’s choice. To achieve such a society we must identify and remove the barriers to such participation, whether they be in our laws, or in the legal frameworks or procedures that surround those laws. We want people to be able to make their own decisions about matters affecting them. Self-agency is fundamentally important in underpinning independence and participation. We want to ensure that the legal system supports them in their decisions.” The Issues Paper may be downloaded from the ALRC website, For more information about the ALRC’s inquiry and to subscribe to the Age Barriers to Work e-newsletter please go to

Fun, Friendship and Pride a long tradition THE Lions Club of Coolangatta and Tweed Heads was the 7th Lions Club formed in Australia and celebrates its’ 60th Anniversary in December 2012. Three of its Members have been Lions District Governor’s and the club hosted the first Australian Lions Convention on 8 April 1953. The Ladies Auxiliary was formed in 1957 and they were a strong force in raising money and assisting the Club. In 1988 ladies were admitted to the Club as Lions and, sadly, since then the numbers of the Auxiliary have dwindled. Besides assisting other volunteer organisations, schools, The Tweed Hospital and individual people in the local community over the 60 years, the Club has been involved in major projects, a few of which are: The Club raised the money and built the Twin Towns Kindy and it was opened on 14 March 1962. In 1969 they instigated a meeting between Gold Coast City Council and Tweed Shire Council where the two Councils decided to build a Memorial. The Members designed the Captain Cook Memorial Lighthouse and installed the drinking fountain. From 29 March 1972 until 19 February 1977 the Club raised $400,000 to build the Coolangatta Senior Citizens Centre. Designed by one of the Club’s Lions and built by another, the Centre was formally declared open on 29 June 1977 at a cost of $398,450.85 and was handed over free and clear to the Gold Coast City Council. In the 80’s one of their Members had a dream about the Tweed Heads Court House so instead of it being demolished he saw it as a Museum. They purchased the land in Kennedy Drive, raised the money, and

Very Affordable

COMPUTER TRAINING It’s as easy as A.B.C. I will show you how. • I’ll come to you • Explain things simply in an everyday language • Experienced caring tutor in Microsoft Word, Works, Excel and E-mail • Very reasonable rates • I can help with personal correspondence etc... anything you want typed.

moved the Court House, which became the Maritime Museum. The Community Centre near the Tweed River High School was a joint venture by the Club, the Council and the NSW Government and cost $700,000. It opened on 15th May 1993. The Coolangatta Tweed Heads Lions legacy lives on as they sponsored Burleigh Heads Lions club and Palm Beach- Currumbin Lions Club in 1955 both of which have a proud and strong history of community service in the district. The club meets on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays and invite interested Community minded persons to get involved in supporting their local community as this club has done for nearly 60 years. Fun Friendship, and the pleasure of serving your Community is promised Phone Lion Mim on 07 55362975 for information on how you too can be a Lion. The members proudly say WE SERVE.

Absolute Life

Celebrations Any Time Any Where Any Occasion That is exactly what I will do Ceremonies from Hatches to Dispatches Qualified & registered with The Attorney Generals Department as a Civil Celebrant

Contact me to make your day a special occasion, one that all your friends & family will remember forever.

Phone Norma “Experienced Tutor”

5528 8610

Will travel up to 20kms from Southport

07 5498 5367 - 0409 820 107

June 2012 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 7

SENIORS NEWS What is eHealth? IMAGINE having access to your personal health information, whenever you need it. Imagine all of your healthcare team hav-

ing, with your permission, access to your health information when they need it. Technology is part of daily life for most

people. Whether you are at the checkout buying groceries using a card instead of cash, sending an email instead of posting a

Mobile Legal Service We will Come to You

• At Home • Hospital Visits • Coffee Shop Do you have an up-to-date Will? Who will look after your affairs when you can’t? Have you taken steps to protect your assets? If your answers concern you, we can help you do something about it NOW Don’t put off to tomorrow what can be done today. Tomorrow may be too late!

SPECIALIST LAWYER – WILLS & ESTATES Call Tracey Smith Accredited Specialist (Succession Law)

on (07) 5554 5487 today so you won’t have to worry about tomorrow!

Page 8 - Gold Coast Seniors - June 2012

letter, or paying your bills online instead of by cheque, the best uses of technology improve the quality and safety of the service, and might save time and money. In the Australian healthcare system, people of all ages interact with technology when they visit their doctor, get a blood test or a scan, go to their chemist to fill a prescription, or spend time in hospital. While our healthcare system is among the best in the world, some of our ways of collecting and sharing health information—such as medications, test results, scans, or hospital discharge reports—can be improved. Many clinical communications, such as referrals and prescriptions, are still completed on paper. eHealth aims to introduce electronic services to improve upon some paper-based systems.

With the right protections in place, the electronic management of your health information has the potential to transform the way we do things now, by improving the quality and safety of our healthcare system. From July 2012, all Australians can choose to register for an electronic health record. The newly launched ‘Learning Centre’ (at will help you find out about the benefits of an eHealth record, how to get involved and how to use the eHealth record system. This learning centre will help you find out about the benefits of an eHealth record, how to get involved, and how to use the eHealth record system. The learning centre is planned to grow and many more modules will be available over the next few months.

Oxenford-Coomera VIEW Club THE Oxenford- Coomera VIEW Club meets on the third Friday of each month at 10.30am for 11am. All ladies are invited to make new friends with a welcoming group, enjoy lunch and a guest speaker. Proudly supporting the Smith Family, the Oxenford - Coomera VIEW Club is the most northern VIEW Club on the Gold Coast. Please RSVP to Jo on 55461785 for lunch bookings and information.

Recycling bins now installed at our Botanic Gardens

VISITORS to Gold Coast Botanic Gardens can now recycle away from home just as easily as they can at home thanks to the new recycling bins recently installed throughout the gardens. Funded by the Gold Coast City Council and the Packaging Stewardship Forum (PSF) of the Australian Food and Grocery Council, 14 new dual waste and recycling bins carrying the national call to action, Do The Right Thing, Use The Right Bin, have been installed for use throughout the gardens. The new bins will provide away from home recycling opportunities to more than 200,000 visitors to the Botanic Gardens each year and divert up to 15 tonnes of recyclables from landfill annually – equivalent to more than 600,000 small plastic drink bottles! Council’s Community and Cultural Development Committee Chair, Councillor Bob La Castra, said: “This is a great initiative which will assist in delivering Council’s waste management strategy to reduce waste to landfill and also reduce littering of our parks and gardens “There is a growing expectation from the community for ‘away from home recycling’ facilities and the new waste and recycling bin stations at the Botanic Gardens are helping to make that expectation a reality.” Cr La Castra said a strong, ongoing partnership between the PSF and the Council had provided funding for the program. General Manager of the Canberra-based PSF, Jenny Pickles, said that the initiative was an important step for recycling in Queensland and demonstrated a commitment by the beverage industry to increase beverage container recycling rates. “Through well-placed bin infrastructure and promotion of the Do the Right Thing, Use the Right Bin message, the new recycling bins will make it just as easy for people to recycle away from home as it is at home.”



Fix dents and scratches with BumperTech

Queensland Week 2012 is here

Government House

EACH year we celebrate Queensland Week to mark Queensland’s official separation from New South Wales. On 6 June 1859, Queen Victoria signed the Letters Patent, authorising Queensland’s separation and confirming its status as an independent colony. This day - 6 June - is now known as Queensland Day. Queensland Week

this year will be held from 2–11 June. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee marks 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and Diamond Jubilee celebrations will also be held throughout the state during Queensland Week. On Sunday 3 June, between 10 am and 3 pm you are invited to Government House, 168 Fernberg Road, Paddington for an Open Day. Bring the family, friends, a picnic and join in the free activities. You will be able to walk through heritage listed Government House – with volunteer guides on hand to answer your questions (House tour tickets can be obtained from the signposted ticket booth on arrival) – and there will be guided tours of the formal and historic gardens and bushland. Enjoy musical entertainment as you picnic in the grounds (refreshments will also be available for purchase). Free off-site parking will be at adjacent Norman Buchan Park – with regular shuttle bus pick-up and dropoff to front entrance. See for updates and parking details. Telephone: 07 3858 5700.

For quality, quick repairs on minor car damage look no further than BumperTech. Established 10 years ago, the mobile service moved from Sydney to the Gold Coast. The team repairs paint work and bumpers, chips, scrapes, scratches and minor panel damage - and conveniently goes out to the customers home or office. Owner John Cowan said the majority of repairs cost less than insurance excess. “Colours are matched on site using a Dupoint mini paint system, and there are no claim or insurance forms to fill out� he said. “The work is done in only two to three hours – not two to three days like some people may think�. The service offers an obligation-free quote and a five-year warranty.

“Protect your investment by repairing unslightly scratches using this affordable and convenient service�, said John. “A well presented car for resale will maximize price and speedy sales�. Remove those dents and scratches from your car today by calling BumperTech on 0412 241 014.

Phone John - Your Local Repairman

0412 241 014

Gold Coast Friends of the Library sale FRIENDS of the Library half price sale – Everything in the shop! Shop 22, Bayrose Plaza, Railway Street, Southport till Sunday 17th June from 9am3.30pm. Free parking. All kinds of books, from easy reader to encyclopaedias and everything in between! Ex Gold Coast Libraries; run by volunteers; all profits returned to the Library Service.


BR O BE ASK ST US AVAI CHUR PR AB LAB ES ICE OU LE GU T O AR UR AN from Arthritis, Back Pain, Swollen Legs, Breathing TE E and many other health related problems

Portable & In-Home Concentrators No more “Bulky Tanks�












Koolrite Construction Pty Ltd QBSA Lic 1172702

Ĺ? FREE Measure & Quote Ĺ? Indoor & Outdoor Ĺ? Straight & Curved Ĺ? %6$TXDOLÄ&#x;HGLQVWDOOHUV and full insurance

Ĺ? Full Backup Service Available


ek per we

Ĺ? Range of models so that you can get the best lift for your staircase


All of our products are GST free


Single, King/Single, Double, Queen & King

Contact us for a Free Trial throughout QLD and NSW


Hi-Lo Hospital Beds

TILT-N-LIFT SLEEPING CHAIRS Ĺ? Custom made to measure Ĺ? 300 kg capacity Ĺ? Your fabric choice Ĺ? Massage/Heat

1300 688 388




ek per we

Brisbane Showroom %\$SSRLQWPHQW 




ek per we

Dual King/Queen




ek per we

Get your Freedom back! ZZZHDV\R[\JHQFRPDX

2OCKY Speed: 15km/h


Speed: 10km/h


Speed: 8km/h

Free In-Home Demonstrations Available throughout QLD, NSW & VIC

try before you buy

ČľH[LEOH payment plans

free delivery

2/605 Nudgee Rd, Nundah

Puma 10 Speed: 8km/h

Free Delivery Statewide


1300 306 870 Brisbane Showroom (By Appointment):








June 2012 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 9

SENIORS NEWS Some tips on how to keep your feet & legs HAPPY SOLE Integrity announces the arrival of Spring/Summer Footwear ranges from International Brands ECCO, Merrell, Orthaheel, Arcopedico

and Birkenstock. Sole Integrity is proud to offer the range of podiatrist designed Scholl Orthaheel footwear and orthotics.

More than 70% of the population tend to roll their feet over as they walk and over time, their arches gradually flatten. Much like a bad wheel

AFFORDABLE LIVING On the Beautiful Tweed River

1 BRM from $69,900 NEW 1 BEDROOM HOME FROM $69,900 Modern & Very Spacious

NEW 2 BEDROOM HOMES FROM $92,900 These 2 bedroom homes have built-in wardrobes, open plan living, deck, carspace and more . . . Located in peaceful 4 Star Holiday Park on the beautiful Tweed River. Bus at door, 5 mins to Tweed Heads and Kingscliff with shopping Centre, Medical Centre & Bowling Club close by. Our Parks have a No Pets Policy


0488 302 416 In NSW, the occupancy agreement is a leasehold right only, and not of an unlimited or perpetual nature and may in certain circumstances be terminated

Page 10 - Gold Coast Seniors - June 2012

alignment on a car, an incorrect alignment of the feet can cause problems to other parts of the body. Designed by Australian podiatrist Phillip Vasyli, Scholl Orthaheel footwear and orthotics help restore natural foot function and well-being with every step. Scholl Orthaheel’s unique orthotic is built-in to our collection of thongs, sandals and footwear, and it is also available as an orthotic insert for your own footwear. Podiatrist-designed, clini-

cally proven orthotic support; Motion Control system for essential support and stability; Flexible and lightweight design; Supported by our Walk Pain Free 30 day Guarantee Scholl Orthaheel products are available in more than 25 countries worldwide, garnering customer acclaim since 1979. The collection offers Orthotics, X-Trainers, Shoes, Thongs and Sandals for men and women. Not only are Sole Integrity great for service and

footwear brands you can trust BUT also the new Dr Comfort Compression Wear sock range, designed to reduce the incidence of DVT or Deep Vein Thrombosis. Dr Comfort Compression Wear has been developed to help improve circulation and assist in preventing swelling and tired, achy legs and feet. Graduated compression is also recommended to assist in recovery and rehabilitation after sport, injury and/ or surgery. “Wearing Dr Comfort

Compression Wear is like having your feet up all day” So visit the trained staff at Sole Integrity to view the range of Dr Comfort Footwear and Socks along with International footwear brands Ecco, Merrell, Arcopedico, Orthaheel and Dr Comfort. Sole Integrity Shop 37, Level One, Oasis Centre, Broadbeach and Shop 63, Showcase on the Beach, Coolangatta or visit the website www.

Living is easy in a Lifestyle Series home THE count down has commenced as construction begins on the final release of homes ever to be built at Halcyon Waters, the award winning over 50’s lifestyle community located at Hope Island. Aptly named the Lifestyle Series, these modern, freestanding homes have been designed with living in mind. Halcyon Waters Project Director Marie Cone explains, “The homes offer prospective home owners the complete package, combining architectural flair with functional, sustainable building applications. “With an 8 star energy efficiency rating, living costs are kept to a minimum meaning warmer winters and cooler summers.” “Steel frames and Hebel panels also ensure that maintenance is also a breeze, leaving more time for the important things in life,” said Ms Cone. The homes are all ideally located on the northern perimeter of the secure community and make the most of their perfect orientation, so alfresco living can be enjoyed all year round. Built in BBQs and a large out-

door living space provide the icing on the cake for those seeking the great Aussie way of life on the Gold Coast’s North Shore. The homes also benefit from a wonderful backdrop of nature as kangaroos and birdlife gather in the designated Eastern Grey Nature Reserve that abuts the homes. “We think these homes are simply the best homes ever to be built in an over 50’s lifestyle community anywhere in Australia,” said Ms Cone. “Sales have been strong as prospective home owners are quick to embrace the Lifestyle Series homes,” she said. So popular are the homes that four of the first five in this stunning final release have already sold. Homes can be purchased off the plan allowing time to sell your current property and can be secured for as little as $1,000 deposit. For more information on the Lifestyle Series of homes visit the Sales Office from Mon – Sat from 9am – 4pm or call on 1800 626 488.

We are not alone! ACCORDING to the latest census data, Canada’s population of seniors is higher than ever before thanks to the nations ageing baby boomers. Just as demography experts had predicted, the 2011 survey showed the population of people over the age of 65 has ballooned and is expected to keep growing. The census figures present a challenge for civic and provincial governments as they’ll have to address a growing need for health care and social services for seniors. The latest census findings were dominated by

statistics about seniors and a momentous flood of people heading out of the workforce and into retirement. The census revealed that in 2011 there were more people in Canada aged 55 to 64, typically the group where people are poised to leave the labour force, than those aged 15 to 24, a demographic that’s on the cusp of entering the workforce. Canada’s senior population, classified as being over 65-years-old, has grown 14.1 per cent since last count. It now stands at nearly

five million people, a number that’s expected to climb as the younger edge of the baby boomer wave ages. In Australia, the proportion of people aged 65 years and over had increased to 13.7% by June 2011. During the same period, the proportion of population aged 85 years and over more than doubled from 0.9% of the population at 30 June 1991 to 1.8% of the total population at 30 June 2011. The proportion aged under 15 years decreased from 21.9% to 18.8%.

Kingscliff Mixed Probus Club KINGSCLIFF Mixed Probus Club hold its meetings in the Uniting Church Hall, Kingscliff, on the first Wednesday of the month at 10am. Outings are held on the third Wednesday of the month. The next meeting will be held on 4th July and the Guest Speaker will be Ian Meek from National Parks and Wildlife. New members are always welcome. Phone Norma 02 6676 3360.

Don’t let your memories go to your grave! Rich or poor, we all have a story to tell our children and grandchildren about our lives. Your childhood, parents, courtship, marriage, homes, jobs, travel, triumphs and regrets, joys and sadness . . . they all add up to a priceless family history that shoudn’t go untold and be lost for ever. Terry Padley spent 40 years as a Reader’s Digest editor and now lives on the Gold Coast. He can help you compile your story in booklet or electronic form as a lasting memorial of your life.

For more details, contact him at or on 0402 007 823


SENIORS NEWS Beenleigh Historical Village DO you feel like a relaxing day out where you can reminisce about the yesteryear? The Beenleigh Historical

Village is open from 9am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3pm and features 20 buildings, all with historical significance. Most of the buildings

Grandparents help celebrate birthday

are in their original state and have been relocated to the village from places around Beenleigh and district. The Loganholme one teacher school first opened in 1873 and wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t closed until a century later. It was re-located from the Kelvin Grove University Campus to the Beenleigh Historical Village and Museum in 2010 and it still features some of its original materials. However, most of the items relate more broadly to Queensland

Education and distinctive to one teacher schools. The school shows how class was for children of that era, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school bags, exercise books, birds eggs, pressed plants, wall charts and slate boards. Beenleighâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s railway service dates from 1885 and the village holds the original railway station building, brought from its original location in James Street. The railway station is now used for the Village CafĂŠ, a place where you can unwind and relax

while looking out over the duck pond and large grassy area. The cafĂŠ features a spacious deck with easy access for wheelchairs. You can take a seat and enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch, morning tea or afternoon tea and of course, freshly baked scones with jam and cream with a hot cuppa or coffee. Phone 3287 2939. Bring your family and friends and enjoy a fun, educational day out here at the Beenleigh Historical Village and Museum.

Nice two bedroom home in friendly park, central to hospital, clubs and shops. Near beach, with security doors and windows all around. R/c, a/c sky lights. Large kitchen with new gas stove, new bathroom, new flooring. Nothing to spend, come and have a look.

$129,000 neg. Phone: 0428 540 029

TURNING three-years old is an important occasion and Madison Bucknallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family and friends made sure this little princess had a party filled with fun to mark her special day. Madison, whose face had been painted by a visiting clown, is pictured during the outdoor celebrations with grandparents Carmel and Jeff Bucknall of Labrador. Carmel smiled and said that Madison was keen for the colourful piĂąata (shown centre) to be broken, because Madison herself had helped fill it with lollies.

A.B.N. 61 221 871 751 Lic. No: TAG 1781

EXTENDED TOURS 2012&13 IPSWICH GETAWAY .......................................... 20-21 Jul CARNARVON GORGE .................................. 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 21 Aug CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS ............................. 21 -23 Sep MELB. CUP IN â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;GUNDYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; .................................. 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7 Nov XMAS @ MALENY ........................................ 23 - 27 Dec EASTER S. COAST NSW .......................... 28 Mar-3 Apr EASTER STANTHORPE ............................ 29 Mar-2 Apr THEATRE TOURS THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST ............. 20Jul JERSEY BOYS CONCERT ................................... 15 Aug A CHORUS LINE .................................................. 21 Nov DAY TOURS STH GOLD COAST MEANDER ........................... 13 Jun KALBAR & SCENIC RIM ...................................... 26 Jun XMAS IN JULY @ HARRIGANS .............................. 5 Jul QLD GARDEN EXPO @NAMBOUR ........................ 7 Jul MTNS &GLORIOUS SCENERY ............................. 16 Jul BEAUTIFUL BINA BURRA ..................................... 30 Jul NTHN RIVERS NSW ............................................... 7 Aug QLD MUSEUM ....................................................... 29 Aug AROUND the SCENIC RIM ................................... 12 Sep SCARECROW FESTIVAL ..................................... 19 Oct XMAS CRAFT MARKET CLEVELAND ................ 28 Oct LILYDALE FARM MT BARNEY ........................... 30 Nov XMAS LUNCH @ BRAMBLE BAY ......................... 2 Dec


Please phone for a brochure

Please Phone 5500 0881 for Itinerary Email: Mon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Fri 8am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4pm BOOKINGS & BROCHURES A.B.N. 61 221 871 751 - Lic. No: TAG 1781

WWWSAPPHIREHERVEYBAYCOMAU| 07 4194 1789 *Subject to availability

June 2012 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 11



5 Facts about Accommodation Bonds at Merrimac Park You don’t have to sell your house - There are several flexible options An Accommodation Bond can be transferred from another provider should you wish to relocate Accommodation Bonds are Australian Government Guaranteed Monies paid to Accommodation Bond can be exempt from the pension assets test Accommodation Bonds can be fully refundable Aged Care with the luxury of Hotel quality accommodation set amongst acres of open space only minutes from Central Gold Coast.

Contact Mark Saunderson for a confidential discussion 07 5618 1119

Quality Aged Care Since 1979

We’re now in our 11th YEAR of providing a genuine local ‘back-up’ service and repairs on all products sold

Fina ncia End of l Ye Outl ar Spe $ cial aw

525 0

Scooterland established 2001 - PH: (07) 5539 2141

‘Honouring Individual Excellence’ award for Meg Morris MEG Morris, 87, was recently presented with ‘The Prince Charles Hospital Award for Honouring Individual Excellence’ due to her ground-breaking and compassionate work over many years in the field of nursing. Meg, now of Tugun, spent her nursing career caring for neonates, infants, children and their concerned parents, mothering them all and fighting for their best care. Her infectious laugh was even acquired by some longstay children. Opening the first children’s ward at The Prince Charles Hospital in Chermside, north Brisbane, on April 6, 1964, Sister Morris, as she was known, undertook a postgraduate cardiothoracic nursing course at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London, England. When she returned to Queensland she brought revolutionary ideas that challenged the traditions of nursing at the time. She championed the care of children in hospital and broke the practice of strictly limited visiting hours. Parents were allowed to visit at any time and, eventually, Meg was able to arrange hospital accommodation for parents, particularly nursing mothers. The many survivors of congenital heart surgery and their aging parents remember Meg Morris with gratitude. Meg is pictured with the award, a ‘thank you’ to her for her own great heart and for being a role model for future generations of cardiac nurses at The Prince Charles Hospital. Hospital CEO Jon

Answers OUTLAW Long Range, 2 x 100Ah Batteries, Full Suspension, Lots of leg room & comfort, Big 1300 Watt Motor

Page 12 - Gold Coast Seniors - June 2012

✓ Electric Mobility Scooters ✓ Power Chairs ✓ Manual Wheelchairs ✓ Electric Wheelchairs ✓ Wheelie Walkers ✓ Electric Bike (E-Cycle) ✓ Ramps & Hoists ✓ Batteries & Tyres

From page 4 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Latvia Kremlin Tonne London Hamelin Italics September Cutting grass or other plants 9. Italian 10. Scales or balance 11. Ashton Kutcher 12. Richard Branson 13. Mediterranean 14. Pamplona 15. Penguins 16. Mouth (teeth) 17. Gympie 18. Burned at stake 19. Giraffe 20. World Health Organisation

Meg Morris with her award

Roberts made the presentation to Meg. This story was kindly submitted by the Southern Gold Coast 60 & Better Program of which Meg became a member at the

prompting of her family doctor. For more details about Southern Gold Coast 60 & Better please call (07) 5525-6466 or see: www.60bettergoldcoast.

Assoc of Independent Retirees

MEMBERS of the Gold Coast Branch of the Association will be attending a Resources Showcase at the Sheraton Mirage Resort on the 13th June. Keeping busy the General Meeting on the 14th June will feature Karen Andrews the Federal MP for McPherson about the recent budget and the Federal situation. The Investor Group will meet on the 20th June when the Group members will try to make sense of investing in shares. All retirees are welcome.Where? Broadbeach Seniors Centre, 23 T.E. Peters Drive (behind Convention Centre) Broadbeach. General Meeting with a Speaker, second Thursday every month; Investor Group meets third Wednesday every month. Meetings start at 9.30am. Free coffee and biscuits. All retirees are welcome to attend. Enquiries call Graham 5526 9225 or Bill 5520 0019.

Come & see us to get fitted for your next Holiday or Cruise

THE SWIMWEAR SHOP FOR EVERYONE LARGER CUP SIZES LADIES 10-24 ) Fittings by Friendly Trained Staff ) Bikinis ) Separates ) Maternity )Tummy Control ) Mastectomy ) Chlorine Resistant ) Men’s & Children’s )Sun Protection in sizes thru to 8XL

55 344 399 489 Gold Coast Hwy Tugun

Swimwear EP56163


IT was Amy ‘Bunny’ Bell’s 100th birthday and family and friends, including the Anglicare Southern Queensland day-respite ‘family’ of which Bunny is a special part, ensured the occasion was one to remember. White tablecloths, fine china and flowers, all expertly arranged by caring staff, greeted guests at the Robina Centre operated by Anglicare Southern Queensland, formerly known as Spiritus. All was in readiness for an elegant morning tea. Though Bunny’s related family members, travelling from afar in many instances, had held a birthday party in her honour a few days earlier, daughters Margaret, with whom Bunny lives in Varsity Lakes, and Barbara, who had travelled from her home in Monaco, Europe, also shared in the Anglicare SQ festivities. An extra touch provided at the Anglicare morning tea—and a regal touch at that—was the presentation to Bunny of an authentic-looking crown, affectionately, and expertly, created by the Friday craft group. As well, Bunny was sent warm 100th birthday greetings from Queen

Bunny is pictured after being crowned by Anglicare personal care worker Glenda Holton. Daughter Barbara is on left, with Margaret on the right

Elizabeth, Prime Minister Julia Gillard, GovernorGeneral Quentin Bryce and local Member of Parliament Karen Andrews. Originally from Sydney, Bunny’s 100 years come with many memories. Friendly with Nancy Wake (the ‘White Mouse’) in her early years, Bunny also remembers attending the opening of the Harbour Bridge in 1932. Marrying Hinten Bell, with whom she had

three children, in 1940, Bunny was one of the first to learn of the end of WWII while working as a machine telegraphist in the Sydney GPO. The unstoppable Bunny was 60 when she obtained her first driver’s licence. After Hinten passed away at age 74, Bunny moved to the Gold Coast where she still enjoys the company of a younger sister. Best wishes to Amy ‘Bunny’ Bell!

Tweed Gold Coast Family History & Heritage Association WE are an enthusiastic and friendly group of people who enjoy researching our family history and heritage roots. We also love sharing our research skills and experiences. The research rooms are stocked with many resources and we hold monthly meetings, mostly with a guest speaker; there is also a regular journal packed full of information, posted or emailed to members. Rooms are open to members and visitors Tues 10am-7pm, Wed to Fri 10am to 4pm, Sat 9.30am to 3pm (Closed 1st Tuesday of month, between 1pm and 4pm, for get-together). Resources held cover many Australian and overseas records – books, microfiche, microfilm, CD ROMs, journals, magazines and maps, with subscriptions to popular online sites such as www.ancestry.comand also Findmypast Australia and Ireland, where members (and day visitors) have full access to all records on those sites. The TGCFHH is also an

official agent for FamilySearch which enables you to view microfilms ordered from their world renowned resource base in Utah, USA. Classes for Beginners, Internet and Computer are

run as required. Meetings are held 1.30pm 1st Tuesday each month (except January and November) at South Tweed Sports Club, (4 Minjungbal Drive).Sth Tweed Heads

For enquiries please contact Noelene Magrath 07 5599 8939, email or visit h t t p : / / w w w. t w e e d g o l for more information.

Bumper scrapes Scratches❖Stonechips Stonechips ❖Bumper Scrapes ❖Scratches Pensioner discounts advice Advice ❖Paintless Dent Removal ❖Pensioner Honest Discounts ❖Honest ❖All Makes & Models ❖At Home or Office All makes & models At your your home or office Reliable, Personal & Professional Complimentary touch-up Service paint BEFORE


computerised DuPont mini paint system

PHONE: ADAM 0404 156156 288288 PHONE: ADAM 0404 B20J18017

100th birthday a regal celebration

year warranty & free quotes 3 year3warranty & free quotes WE COME TO YOU WE COME TO YOU

Trade Certified Spraypainter 15 Years Experience 15 Years Experience

June 2012 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 13

SENIORS NEWS Pen Pal project for The Gardens on Lindfield residents RESIDENTS from Lend Lease’s The Gardens on Lindfield have been busy exchanging letters, by enthusiastically participating in a Pen Pal project with Year 5/6 students from All Saints Anglican School, Merrimac. The ‘Senior Pen Pals Project’, which started three years ago, is part of a community servicelearning programme which runs across the whole school, embedded into the curriculum. This particular project involves 6 local retirement communities. Catherine Carpenter, Ser-

vice Learning Coordinator from All Saints Anglican School, said the Years 5/6 students write letters to their elderly ‘Pen Pals’ as part of community outreach. “This year the Pen Pal project has more than 21 pen pals participating from The Gardens on Lindfield. “The children engage with their pen pal first, opening up the conversation which forms part of their English curriculum and can also help inform the student’s studies of 20th Century Australian history.” The Gardens on Lindfield

Student Pen Pal Bailey Dunn

resident, Elizabeth Cowham, who is responsible for organising the ‘Pen Pal project’ at the village, said all the residents love receiving letters from the students. “We first met the student’s at the end of last year when they invited us to a morning tea at their school so we could see their classrooms and artwork. “We enjoy sharing our stories and being able to make meaningful contributions to their education. It’s lovely to be able to provide firsthand expe-

rience to assist with their assignments. The programme has been very successful with all involved thoroughly enjoying the communication with each other.” To support their understanding of life and ageing, the students visit The Gardens on Lindfield retirement village and share completed history projects from their Year 6 work. This involves the children showing a power point presentation to their writing buddy and enjoying a morning tea.

U3A Twin Towns

WE are proud to welcome Dr.Neck, Associated Professor, School of Business Management at Southern Cross University, one of many interesting speakers at our “Tea and Talk”, held at 2pm in Tweed Heads Library on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Dr.Neck will talk about his experiences working within the United Nations Organisation and the World Bank,and his involvement in many Aid Projects visiting more than 140 countries. For further information regarding U3A membership and activities available call before noon Mon-Fri 55347333

Did Confucius say? Did Confucius say “Sharp tongue can cut own throat”?

Denture Service to Mudgeeraba, Tallai, Carrara, Merrimac, Worongary, Highland Park & Surrounds! For all your denture needs: • Full and Partial Dentures • Metal Partial Dentures • Valplast Flexible Dentures (no metal) • Implant Dentures • Palajet (APT) Injection System for a Perfect Fit • Relines and Repairs - same day service “Using the latest technology for cosmetic dentures made to your personal needs”

Direct billing to Health Funds and Veterans Affairs

Worongary Town Centre Shop 30/1 Mudgeeraba Rd, Worongary Page 14 - Gold Coast Seniors - June 2012

5525 2899

Call Hennie Conradie now for a FREE CONSULTATION

SENIORS NEWS Mermaid Beach Ladies Probus Club

Members on their recent trip

THE Mermaid Beach Ladies Probus Club recently enjoyed a bus trip to Byron Bay where they enjoyed morning tea on the beachfront. Later they took in the sights from the Lighthouse before setting off to Bangalow for a picnic lunch and a wander around the town. Come along and join us. We meet every 3 rd Wednesday of the month at 10.00am – 12 noon at the Broadbeach Bowls club. We have morning tea, an interesting guest speaker and enjoy each other’s company for a few hours. On the 1st Wednesday of each month, we have an

outing, like a lunch or a morning tea (a different venue each month) and an occasional bus trip.

Please call our Secretary Marie 5564 7656 or President Helen 5592 1337 for further information and a

personal invitation to join us. We would love to see you.

Investing in the future of Day Surgery in the Tweed HEALTHSCOPE has made a major investment in the Tweed Day Surgery over the past twelve months to ensure it remains an integral part of the healthcare landscape in the Tweed Coast area. After a change in Owners and Executive Management team,

Healthscope embarked on an improvement of its facilities across Australia and one of the beneficiaries was the Tweed Day Surgery. In the past year Healthscope has invested a significant amount of money into the Tweed Day Surgery to improve the equipment available to

the Doctors and Nurses and to spruce up the décor for the comfort of the patients and visitors. 2012 has seen the reintroduction of the Chronic Pain Service lists to the Day Surgery as well as an increase in Endoscopy, Ophthalmic, Plastic

Surgery and Gynaecology Surgery. The future plan for the Tweed Day Surgery is to continue increasing the services available for the public with a proposal for a Day Oncology Unit, to be co-located with the Day Surgery, in the early stages of development.

OASIS AUDIOLOGY Open up a new world.

Volunteers of Seniors On The Net at the Seniors Expo Gold Coast Race Course

Romance? KARL and Milly were lying in bed one night.

Carl was falling asleep but Milly was in a

romantic mood and wanted to talk. She said, “You used to hold my hand when we were courting.” Wearily Karl reached across, held her hand for a second, and rolled over to try to fall asleep. A few moments later she said, “Then you used to kiss me.” Mildly irritated, he leaned across, gave her a peck on the cheek and settled back down to sleep. Thirty seconds later she said, “Then you used to bite my neck.” Angrily, he threw back the bed clothes and got out of bed. “Where are you going?” she asked. “To the bathroom to get my teeth,” he replied.

Free yourself from hearing loss. Ever feel like hearing loss is holding you back from getting more out of life and being with people? Oasis Audiology invites you and a friend to a complimentary Hearing Screening and trial of the new Intiga Hearing Device. Intiga is the super tiny, ultra sleek, high-performance hearing device that's new from Oticon. Intiga's high-speed sound processing chip allows you to differentiate sounds better, allowing you to understand speech in noisy listening situations better than ever before. Set yourself free... with Intiga.

Surprise yourself and try this wonderful device at Oasis Audiology.

Try Intiga now at Oasis Audiology Level 2, Oasis Shopping Centre Broadbeach (3 hours free parking) Ph: 5592 4222 June 2012 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 15

Page 16 - Gold Coast Seniors - June 2012

SENIORS NEWS And the winner is ... Elvea!

ELVEA Bonson (pictured second from left) of Oxenford was the lucky winner of a treasure box filled with gourmet goodies at the ‘Tribute’ concert performed by the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra on ANZAC Day afternoon at the Robina Community Centre auditorium. Elvea was not only thrilled to hear her raffle ticket number drawn but excited to be at the concert with friends Edward Kilner of Southport (on left), Mervyn Davies of Runaway Bay, and Gillian Lumsden, also of Southport. Congratulations Elvea! (Sadly, Mervyn passed away since the photo was taken.) Classical music buffs will be pleased to hear that the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra will be in concert again on July 28 and 29, this time presenting ‘Ignite the Flame - a celebration of the Olympic spirit’ at the Robina Community Centre auditorium. Prior to that, on June 24, a ‘Sunday Soiree’ featuring Camillio Manricks (on cello) and Jeanette Manricks (on flute) will be held at the special location of the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra Centre, Community Drive, Ashmore. The Centre’s new grand piano will also be a highlight at the 3pm-5pm Sunday Soiree. For further Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra information, and details about ticket purchases, please see or call (07) 55396076. The Gold Coast Philharmonic Society Inc is a not-for-profit incorporated organisation run for and by the community. Sponsorships and donations to further develop live orchestra music on the Gold Coast are welcome.

MONEY EXCHANGE Buy and Sell Foreign Cash Travel Insurance Phone Cards Telegraphic Transfers Special Seniors Rates No Fees AUSTRALIA FAIR SHOPPING CENTRE Shop G110 (Just inside off the Nerang Street Mall), Southport - Tel: 5526 4944

PACIFIC FAIR SHOPPING CENTRE Shop 187 (Nearly opposite K Mart), Broadbeach - Tel: 5570 4933

COOLANGATTA Edward, Elvea, Mervyn and Gillian

Beachcomber Arcade, 122 Griffith St, Coolangatta - Tel: 5536 8217 - 9am – 5pm

Surfers Paradise Festival

THE annual Surfers Paradise Festival presented by Centro Surfers Paradise transforms the city into a vibrant showcase of the Coast’s emerging musical and artistic talent. The festival celebrates local music, food, fashion, film and art and is a key driver of the Gold Coast’s longterm cultural development. Across the four weekends of the festival, the Surfers Paradise precinct becomes a dynamic, inclusive and interactive event space and a hub of Gold Coast creativity. The free event platforms local and international talent within the streets and venues of Surfers Paradise, across an accessible mix of family events, exhibitions, live music, street markets and short film screenings. The Festival serves as a ‘cradle’ for the Gold

Coast’s emerging cultural scene, allowing the community to directly sample the wares of local artists, chefs and musicians. Event activities will be

held from Wednesday 20 June to Sunday 15 July. Go to the official website at for all the details.

Start from $170,000.00

June 2012 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 17

Page 18 - Gold Coast Seniors - June 2012

SENIORS NEWS Exercise Physiology Improving Wellbeing CHRONIC diseases are on the rise in Australia, many of which can be prevented or managed by addressing lifestyle factors such as insufficient exercise. Fitness Connection, at the Labrador Park Shopping Centre, is seeing excellent results working with Veterans (Gold and White card holders) and Senior’s dealing with complex and chronic health conditions such as asthma, cancer, cardiovascular illness, diabetes, a mental health condition, arthritis or musculoskeletal condition. Fitness Connection provides a friendly, supportive and professional service working with your GP to assist you to improve your health outcomes. Our Exercise Physiologists are university trained health professionals accredited with ESSA and Medicare and in many circumstances, this service can be provided free* with a referral from your doctor. Our existing clients are seeing benefits including, a better quality of life, increased cardiovascular fitness, strength and flexibility, decreased dependency on medications, lower blood glucose levels, weight loss and better mental health. The program provides :- Pre-exercise health screening and fitness/functional assessment, exercise sessions tailored to your indi-

vidual requirements (e.g. health needs, injury history, goals), re-assessments and GP reporting. For more information on the program and to assess your eligibility* call Kim on 0411 177 414, Fitness Connection on (07) 5679 0045 or visit our website *You must meet eligibility requirementsand have a GP referral to receive the program free.

Beware of carbon price scams CARBON price scams may come in a number of forms. Beware of phone calls seeking your personal banking details to pay carbon ‘tax’ compensation into your bank account. These are likely to be scam calls. Scammers may also set up fake websites which look very similar to official Australian Government websites. The sites may ask you to enter your personal or financial details, or offer to sell you fake carbon credits. The Australian Government will never call you to ask for your bank account details or to offer you carbon price compensation. Government services are never paid via wire transfer. The Australian Government website is a safe portal for finding government services. Be alert to scam survey calls which ask for personal, business or financial details. Hang up immediately if you receive a phone call out of the blue: asking for your bank account or personal details, claiming you need to pay or transfer money to receive a compensation payment or tax payment, or offering to sell you carbon credits or permits for a carbon pricing mechanism or emissions trading scheme. Never provide or confirm your personal or business details over the phone unless you made the call using contact details you found yourself and you trust the information. If you think that a call might be a scam hang up and check by using official contact details which you have found independently. Never use phone numbers, email addresses or websites provided by the caller. Never enter your credit card or banking details on a website unless you have checked it is authentic and secure. Legitimate websites which ask you to enter sensitive personal or business details are commonly encrypted to protect your details. This is usually identified by the use of “https:” rather than “http:” at the start of the internet address. This can also be identified by a closed or unbroken key or padlock icon at the bottom right corner of your browser window. If the ‘s’ is missing or there is an open padlock or broken key icon, your information may not be secure and the website could be a scam site. If you think you have provided your account details to a scammer, contact your bank or financial institution immediately. Consumers who use a home internet service can visit for tips on how to stay secure online. You can report scams to the ACCC via the ‘report a scam’ page on SCAMwatch at or by calling 1300 795 995.

Musgrave Hill Bowls Club Inc Cnr Musgrave Ave & Kumbari Ave, Southport

CLUB BISTRO $10-$15 Asian & Australian 3 Course Buffet Open 7 days for Lunch. Tues - Sun for Dinner Friday Night $15 Seafood Sunday Night $12 Seafood

ENTERTAINMENT 100 Poker Machines....Regular Promos

Bingo....Tues, Thurs & Sat 7.30pm Mon & Sun 7.00pm Live Entertainment.....Friday Nights from 6.30pm

RAFFLES Wednesday Night 40 Prize Meat Raffle 7.30pm & Members Draw increasing “$100 per week” Friday Night . . .80 Meat Trays 7.30pm Sunday FREE 20 Prize raffle 2-4pm $1,500 Membership Draw at 5pm

COURTESY BUS Operates daily on demand 4pm till late

PH: 07 5576 3559 - 0408 987 416

Three Excellent Greens. Club Open 7 Days. Social Membership - Only $5.00 p.a. Phone

(07) 5532 1277 for more info - email:

SENIORS NEWS Burleigh Heads Ladies Probus Club

Brisbane trams ... a nostalgic ride

MEMBERS of the Burleigh Heads Ladies Probus Club enjoyed a tour and information about the Brisbane trams that we used to love. They had a nostalgic ride and then went to the Ferny Grove Bowls Club for lunch. On the way home the normal stop at the Strawberry Farm was made. We are currently arranging our 25th Birthday Lunch in September at Lakelands Golf Club, Gooding Drive, Merrimac. The club meets on the third Wednesday of the month at the Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park SLSC, Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads at 10.30am with a monthly guest speaker, lunches and coach trips. Visitors welcome. Call Barbara on 5538 1475 or Pat on 5576 8332.



Ex-serviceman flies free on the Gold Coast

Clarrie Thomas, retired but remaining very active

SOUTHERN Gold Coast retiree Clarence (Clarrie) Thomas learnt to fly a Tiger Moth at Nowra in New South Wales and never looked back after spreading his wings. The 93-year-old recalls the surge of adrenalin he felt mid flight in the 1930s biplane, which propelled him to explore aviation and helped his career soar

to greater heights. “In a Tiger Moth you’re up in the Heavens on your own and it is a very enjoyable time where you can talk freely,” he said. Despite his fun-filled experience he was not convinced flying was for him, so he transferred to Parkes in New South Wales to try his hand at working as a wireless op-

erator. This led him to a stint working at Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea. His desire to get back into a cockpit was reignited, so he returned to Nowra to do coast watch patrols flying a British twin-engine multi-role aircraft Avro Anson. “It is a very good plane in terms of coastal and sea journeys because it has a long range,” he said. “We were up about 6000 to 10,000 feet.” From there, Clarrie flew Consolidated B-24 Liberators (a United States World War II heavy bomber) in the Philippines – firstly as a front turret gunner and then as a wireless operator on coast and sea patrols. “With the Liberator it is all about the crew and the people you fly with; you have very long flights in the aircraft with 11 people,” he said. After World War II, driven by his love of the plane, Clarrie got involved in a Liberator bomber restoration project at Werribee in Victoria. The bomber is now around 95 per cent complete. Once finished, although capable of flying, it will never leave the ground as it is considered

an irreplaceable historical piece. Four years ago an American company offered nine million dollars to purchase the Liberator. Carrying on the family tradition of an interest in the military service Clarrie’s son Mark had the honour of being the Drill Sergeant at the Dawn Service at Elephant Rock on ANZAC Day this year. St Andrew’s Lutheran Aged Care Manager Lisa Thorne said the service has certainly not clipped the wings of the ex-serviceman who continues to explore his hobbies and passions. “He has a strong interest

in lawn bowls, he plays cards and he is a competitive participant in our mini-golf tournaments; movie mornings and dinner dances – he’s involved in it all,” she said. “St Andrew’s residents are encouraged to pursue their passions and interests and we set up special interest groups for like-minded residents.” Clarrie loves his home at St Andrew’s. “The staff are very kind here,” he said. “They look after me very well.” For more information visit

PCYC Antique & Collectables Fair THE 2nd annual Nerang PCYC Charity Antique & Collectables Fair will be held on the weekend of July 7/8. Location: Cayuga St, Nerang. Opening times: 10am4pm Saturday; 10am-3pm Sunday. Entry: $3.00 per adult; kids free. Sausage sizzle and drinks. Free vintage and classic car display; free antique valuations. Furniture, jewellery, china, glass, books, toys, dolls, militaria, automobilia and more. Contact: Lyle on 0449 997 149; email: (Automobile Restorers Assoc Gold Coast

Talk to a real person

SENIORS ENQUIRY LINE LINE 1300 135 500 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

June 2012 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 19

Page 20 - Gold Coast Seniors - June 2012

SENIORS NEWS Quilt of Diversity

THE Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens - Rosser Park are set on 31 hectares off Ashmore Road, Benowa, opposite Benowa State High School, just 10 minutes drive from central Surfers Paradise. The Gardens hold different experiences for all ages. The pictured Quilt of Diversity (2007), a handmade ceramic mosaic expressing taste, sound, sight, smell and touch, can be found at the entrance to the Sensory Garden. Leading artist for the work was Midge Johansen. The Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens are open year round, from dawn till dusk each day. There is visitor parking on site. Entry is free.

50,000 reasons to visit De Paul Manor Estate FOLLOWING the recent announcement of price discounting of up to $50,000 on selected apartments, ‘boutique’ Ashmore retirement community De Paul Manor Estate, has fielded a rush of enquiries from local and interstate seniors. Due to the increased level of interest, De Paul Manor Estate will be conducting an Open Day on Saturday 23 June. The doors will be open from 10am – 2pm welcoming interested parties, their family and friends to stop in for an informal look around the comprehensive facilities and indulge in some complimentary light refreshments. Boasting a central location, award winning facilities and amenities and choice of quality apartments, De Paul Manor Estate has already won a string of admirers including judges from both the Master Builders Association (MBA) and the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) who handed out awards for ‘Seniors Living’. No stone has been left unturned in the quest to provide the perfect living solution and amenities for retirees. The spotlight is

on living longer, happier and healthier, allowing the residents to optimise their lifestyle and surroundings. The heart of the community, the Residents’ Retreat is more like the centre of fun and relaxation, with a billiards room, gymnasium, spa, heated pool, library, cinema room, function room/bar and more. The Residents’ Retreat plays host to a range of activities like themed dinners, Yoga, Thai Chi, quiz nights and Saturday night barbeques out on the expansive terrace. The spacious, modern apartments feature high ceilings, a private balcony, quality appointments and fittings such as split system air-conditioning, stone bench tops, glass splash-backs, 24-hour emergency alert service and quality carpeting as standard features. At De Paul Manor Estate, residents enjoy 24 hour security, a dedicated on-

site management team, pay no stamp duty and have the peace of mind of priority access to the De Paul Villa Aged Care facility that is located next door. To find out how to save up to $50,000 on se-

lected apartments, visit the website www.depaul or come along to the Open Day on Saturday 23 June from 10am-2pm. Phone 1300 732 306 for more information.

FOR SALE Double Granite Plaque Site “Dove Tree Rockery” Allambe Memorial Park

$3000.00 Neg

07 3355 4102

Labrador Park Shopping Centre

June 2012 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 21

SENIORS NEWS Southport Day VIEW Club

Southport Day VIEW Club President, Margaret Woolcock, Zone Councilor, Marsha Newton and national Councilor Jean Clark.

THE Southport Day VIEW Club is holding its monthly luncheon at the Southport Yacht Club and invites new members to join us. Ladies, come along, meet new friends and enjoy a delightful luncheon overlooking the water. This monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting will be held on Wednesday 20 th June. Our guest speaker will be Di Skelly Heron, a highly

respected art teacher. A portrait by Di is the ultimate gift! Venue: Southport Yacht Club, Macarthur Parade, Main Beach on Wednesday 20th June, 2012 at 11.30am for 12noon. Cost $28 which includes a 2 course lunch with tea or coffee. For enquiries and bookings please phone Robin on 5537 4593.

Burleigh Heads Ladies Probus Club Brisbane (07) 3025 9000

Maroochydore (07) 5451 0110

Cairns (07) 4042 4600

Ipswich (07) 3282 8633

Logan (07) 3387 7111

CONGRATULATIONS to Stella joined the Burleigh Stella Phillips on her 90th Heads Ladies Probus Club as a Charter Membirthday on June 2nd.

dream lifestyle for over 50s . . . and their precious pets Phone now to inspect our beautiful properties on

(07) 3489 3388

431 Park Ridge Road, Queensland 4125

For a Limited Time Only New Homes from


274,990* *Conditions Apply

Contact us for more details

Open 7 Days â&#x20AC;˘ No Appointment Necessary 100% CAPITAL GAINS TO YOU - RENT ASSISTANCE TO ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS Page 22 - Gold Coast Seniors - June 2012

ber in 1987. She was President in 1990 and also took a variety of positions including Membership Officer, Publicity Officer and Social Activities. In 2001 she held the position of Historian for the club until 2004. Currently Stella is the Birthday Officer. She is a very active member who is always happy and cheerful with a ready smile for everyone. She has been given Honorary Membership. Stella, all the members wish you good health and every happiness. The club meets on the third Wednesday of the month at the Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park SLSC, Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads at 10.30am with a monthly guest speaker, lunches and coach trips. Visitors welcome. Call Barbara on 55538 1475 or Pat on 5576 8332.

SENIORS NEWS Currumbin/Elanora VIEW Clubs

Australian Shuffleboard Association ARE you new to the Gold Coast? Perhaps you would like to make new friends and have some light exercise in congenial surroundings. We invite you to come and see if you would like to play Shuffleboard. All equipment is supplied. An experienced player will introduce you to the game and rules of play. This game can be played by any age group. The first morning is free, later mornings are four dollars per morning for non members which includes morning tea /coffee, members pay $3.

Sorry Chicks Only OUR usual Chicks@Lunch monthly luncheon at the Southport Yacht Club will be held on Wednesday 27th June. Arrival from 11am for a start at noon. Again we will be having professional entertainment, dress up will be a “Pretend it’s a New Years Eve” party i.e. Glitz, glamour, streamers, hooters and kisses and best wishes all round. We generally have 150 for lunch, therefore bookings and cancellations are essential. Enquiries to Rosie on 0422 927 277. Pre paid bookings 0422 978 278. Emails

Nashos Reunion THE Nashos 25th Year Anniversary Reunion to be held on the Gold Coast in September 2012, and hosted by the Gold Coast Branch of the National Servicemen’s Association of Australia (Q), is shaping up to be a huge success. The Premier of Queensland, The Programmers Bernice Moss & Nicky Bertwhistle Hon Campbell MP, recently launched with the raffle prizes they wrapped ready for the the reunion in the Southport RSL Mebig day including the beautiful quilt, all in the club morial Club and invited all Nashos from across Australia to come and enjoy the colours of purple-teal & white. reunion, meet old friends, make new

CURRUMBIN / Elanora VIEW Clubs 2nd Birthday celebration luncheon will be held at the Currumbin R.S.L on Tuesday the 26th June at 11am. The club has had a very successful year and are making sure this will be a Gala event with loads of entertainment and fun for all our members and guests The committee has been very busy organising the entertainment and our two programmers have outdone themselves making up all the raffle prizes wrapped in the club colours. The proceeds from which will go to the Learning For Life Program that we support through the Smith Family. First prize will be a beautiful Quilt made and donated to the club by our member Avice Wells. Bookings phone Carlene 5590 8247 or Dorothy 0429 636 566.

There is no need to be bored or lonely on the Gold Coast; we are always pleased to welcome visitors and new members. Come along and join us for a morning of fun. Days of play are Monday, Wednesday and Saturday [Elanora].Thursday [Coolangatta] 9-30 am -12 pm. Elanora Club is at the end of Pines Lane [exit 92 from north or south M1 highway. Coolangatta is on 3rd floor of “Showcase on the Beach” Griffith St. Phone Fay 5575 9203 or Marj 5536 3781.

friends and holiday on the Gold Coast, the premier holiday destination of Australia. A varied programme has been prepared to suit all. Bowls and golf days are also included to add to the fun. To all those interested in attending I urge you to get your registrations in as soon as possible. Inquiries to Brian Handke, Chairman, Planning Committee, phone 07 5630 8071. Email

Gold Coast All Sports Social Bowls OUR club is a Men’s Social Bowls Club established in 1962 at Broadbeach Bowls Club and our members consist of retired and/or semi retired bowlers each of whom must belong to one of the Gold Coast Bowls Clubs. Our Club’s motto is ‘Combining Friendship with Charity’ and this year we celebrate our 50th anniversary. We are an independent club and in 1980 we established a special mixed bowlers Charity Day to raise funds. Our Charity Day

is played on the last Monday in July each year at Broadbeach Bowls Club and since then have raised and distributed to local charities on the Gold Coast over the years $158,035. Gold Coast All Sports Social Bowls Club, 50 years old this year is a men’s social bowls club which meets every Tuesday of each week when we play at several bowls clubs on the Gold Coast. We welcome bowlers interested in joining our club. Ken Foulcher, Hon Secretary 5535 8894.

WANTED Coins Banknotes Medals Tokens Gold & Silver Jewellery


Top Prices Paid Confidentiality assured Family Owned In Business over 30 years

We come to you and pay Cash! Phone Geoff Yates

(07) 5535 5894 or 0412 11 32 11

June 2012 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 23

Come & have Fun Get Fit 10 Zumba Gold Classes for Only $50!!

Join Chadissa for easy to follow gentle classes with simple movements to Latin and Calypso Rhythms.

Runaway Bay Community Centre, Lae Drive, Runaway Bay Classes: 9.15am every Monday 9.30am every Wednesday Join us for a coffee afterwards at Runaway Bay Food Court


or email


Benefits of Zumba Gold THERE are numerous benefits to the Zumba Gold program, many of which are felt after the very first class. With ongoing participation in the program, everyone has the opportunity to define their own goals and reach them while having fun at the same time. Here are what a handful of The Zumba Queen Chadissa Whale’s Zumba Gold Students are saying about this wonderful program. Helen- I generally have a laugh. It loosens up the joints, socializing is great. Diane – The music is great. I have become more energetic, fitter and always feel good. June 81years old- I’m from Victoria and visiting my sister. I have noticed my breathing has improved and I’m slowly getting fitter after four classes. Glenis- Enjoy’s the music, the steps and looking at the instructor. She say’s the atmosphere in the large hall is great... Mike say:- It keeps me fit, I enjoy meeting others and having a coffee afterwards. As a widower it givesme an incentive to get up in the morning. Beverly- Makes you feel foolish but I enjoy trying to get young. Pat- Has Osteoporosis and is now feeling good and no longer needs to

have the injections her doctor threatened her with a year ago. Dolcie- It’s another step to keeping healthy and I love the coffee and social afterwards. Del- we can go in the wrong direction and still feel comfortable and laugh it off. • Older adults can benefit from regular physical activity • Physical activity does not need to be strenuous to achieve health benefits • Older adults should consult a physician before beginning a new physical activity program • The loss of strength and stamina attributed to aging is in part caused by reduced physical activity • Inactivity increases with age. By 75, about one in three men and one in two women engage in no physical activity. Social support from family and friends has been consistently and positively related to regular activity. If you would like to try a Zumba Gold class it’s on Every Monday at 9:15am and Wednesday at 9:30am, Runaway Bay community center near the library. Call Chadissa Whale on 04498 98622 or visit

VIEW 19th Birthday – Bobbie, Sandy, Ingrid & Pauline

RUNAWAY Bay VIEW Club meets every 2nd Wednesday of every month at La Piazza Restaurant, 21 Bayview Street, Runaway Bay. Ladies, come along make new friends and enjoy a friendly welcome, interesting Speakers, and a delicious lunch. We promote friendship whilst proudly supporting The Smith Family. Bookings essential: Phone Ann 5577 4712 or 0419161246 On 9th May our club celebrated 19yrs of the Club with a fabulous lunch at La Piazza Restaurant and 83 Members and Guests. We had fabulous entertainment from local entertainer, Matt Ward. We had a ‘Black & White Glamour’ theme and the ladies certainly dressed their best for this wonderful day!!

QCWA Southport Branch

GOLDEN CREST MANORS AWARD WINNING OVER 50’s LIFESTYLE RESORT Enjoy 5 star facilities and daily activities including bowls, tennis, aqua aerobics, tai chi, gymnasium, cinema, arts and crafts, workshop, dancing, bingo, singing, café, hairdressing salon, convenience store, and much much more.. Come and see why it is the most popular over 50’s resort on the Gold Coast!

WITH A SELECTION OF 2 AND 3 BEDROOM HOMES AVAILABLE STARTING FROM JUST $375,000 (07) 55961555 or 1 McKenzie Drive - Highland Park QLD

Page 24 - Gold Coast Seniors - June 2012

No Exit Fees No Body Corporate Fees No Council Rates No Stamp Duty Central Gold Coast Location All homes are Owner Occupied Pet Friendly

THE Southport Branch of the QCWA is holding their annual Knitting & Crochet competition on Tuesday 29th May from 10am. Enjoy entertainment, Cent Auction, raffles and more for just $10, including morning tea and lunch. For information call 0412 173 459.

War Widows Guild

WAR Widows Guild Gold Coast South hold their meetings on the 1st Monday of each month, next due on 2nd July at Currumbin RSL Club, for 1030 am at Currumbin RSL Club. . New Members welcome. Ph: Secty.5535 5612 for info.


Sales Office Open Monday to Friday 10am-3pm S02F019312

Editorial copy is always welcome. Deadline for the July edition of Gold Coast/Tweed Seniors Newspaper is June 27th, 2012

SENIORS NEWS Tweed Valley Justices Association

South Tweed Computer Club THE Computer Club has been going for six years and has helped hundreds of people in improving their computer skills. The Fifth AGM will be held on Friday 27 July and commences at 10.00 am at South Tweed Sports Club. All members are encouraged come along and have your say,or just listen to what has been done in the past year and

rate monitors mounted around the room, should be up and running soon. Also the Computer club has started to teach mobile phones, starting through the Telstra Seniors Grants System and the club plans to continue with these into the future. David Robinson, a retired professional photographer has volunteered to take classes in image ma-

nipulation. He uses applications that can be obtained free over the internet. The club depends on volunteers, like David, to make the club successful so if you would like to be involved, please let us know. The computer club is located in the South Tweed Sports Club 4 Minjungbal Drive South Tweed in a great air conditioned environment. Assistance is offered to people wishing to obtain their first computer with courses EACH week we are see- increase in numbers want- on Mondays from 12noon from absolute beginners ing new people joining ing to play this popular when hand and foot is to the more advanced. what is planned for the future. In the past year, we as a Committee have introduced some big changes, like the reconfiguration of the computer room, organising, purchasing and installing 21 new computers. The new multi-monitor system, where the Tutors computer screen will be replayed to seven sepa-

Labrador Memorial Senior Citizens

played. On Tuesday and Thursday mornings 500, canasta, hand & foot and rummy are played. Hand & foot is also played on Thursday afternoons. Tai Chi classes are held on Wednesdays from 10.30am. Also held on Thursday mornings from 9.00am are the craft and painting classes where teachers are on hand to give assistance when needed. The Friday morning concerts which commence at 9.15am are an open morning for all to attend. Each week our members present an entertaining morning along with guest artists which add to the variety of the morning. Cost is only TWO elderly ladies had been friends for many de- $2.00 which includes cades. Over the years they had shared all kinds of morning tea. For further activities and adventures. Lately, their activities had information please phone been limited to playing cards a few times a week. Lyndsey on 55 37 1433.

the Labrador Senior Citizens Centre which offers a wide range of activities for people aged 50 and over, membership is only $7.00.There is something on every day to to keep our members fit and healthy and enjoying the company of other members during the session they attend. Col Hulme holding the scales of justice which he Table Tennis is the newest activity and because kindly restored of its popularity 4 afterAS of 1st May, JPs must take additional steps to con- noons have been set firm the identity of a person making a NSW statutory aside to accommodate the

declaration or affidavit. They are: 1. see the face of the person making the statutory declaration or affidavit 2. confirm the person’s identity, and 3. certify on the document that these requirements have been met. It is a criminal offence punishable by a fine for a JP to witness a NSW statutory declaration or affidavit if these requirements have not not been satisfied. Members of the Tweed Valley Justices’ Association are well versed in the new legislation and continue to be available for witnessing signatures at the following locations: Tweed Centro Shopping Centre each Tuesday from 10am-2pm and at Tweed City Shopping Centre each Thursday from 10am – 2pm and 5pm -7pm. For information contact Donna on 0414894368.

Friendship Force of the Gold Coast

FRIENDSHIP Force is an organisation with 35 clubs in over 60 countries. Members home host other members in their homes to promote cultural understanding and peace. Meetings and social activites are held every month. All ages welcome. Change the way you see the world. For information phone 5578 9535.

The tutors work on a voluntary basis and get fulfilment from passing on their knowledge to help others using the sixteen PC’s and four Apple Mac Minis. People can join at any time but if they require more direct information they can attend the next “sign on” day on Friday the 29 June 2012 at 12:00 noon. Further information about the club can be obtained by visiting the club’s new web site at http:// or contacting Jenny on 07 5524 3057.

sport. These are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday afternoons. The busy week starts off with the yoga/exercise class on Mondays at 8.15am, a second yoga session is held on Wednesdays from 8.30am. Our two indoor times are Mondays from 10.00am and Thursdays from 12.20pm. Cards are another popular pastime at the Centre with 4 sessions being held during the week. The first is held

What’s Your Name, Again?

One day when playing cards, one looked at the other and said, “Now don’t get mad at me. I know we’ve been friends a long time, but I just can’t think of your name. I’ve thought and thought, but I can’t remember it. Please tell me what your name is.” Her friend glared at her. For at least three minutes she just stared and glared. Finally she said, “How soon do you need to know?”

Twin Towns Seniors Social Club NEXT meeting 18th June, 2012 in Four Seasons Carvery, Twin Towns. Doors open at 9.00 am for bus allocation tickets. Meeting 9.45 am. 2 bus trips per month inc m/tea & lunch. New Members phone Isabelle 0421 270 203.

Regular visits to the Gold Coast

COMPUTER HELP * Personalized 1 on 1 tuition * At your home or mine * On your own computer, tablet or smart-phone * Senior with many years teaching experience * Very reasonable $30 per hour rate * 50% discount for first session

PHONE Gabriel on 0429 176 909 to make an appointment

Everything Aged Care Should Be Classic Elegance and Excellence in Aged Care Living • Boutique “Extra Service” aged care home, ideally located near Robina Town Centre • Well-established reputation for quality care, services and lifestyle programs • Extensive range of accommodation and care options, in three interconnecting Villas, each with a separate entrance, car parking and private lounge, dining, and lush courtyard gardens • Experienced and longstanding care team provide “high care”, “low care”, secure dementia care, palliative care, rehabilitation and respite care services, and full range of allied health services including physiotherapy and podiatry • Choice of spacious private suites and apartments all with ensuite bathrooms and opening to terrace, balcony or beautifully landscaped courtyards • Couples are well catered for, with some interconnecting rooms and apartment style accommodation • Innovative a la carte dining, prepared and cooked on the premises, and presented with home-style fare and flair • Stylish café and beauty spa



PHONE: (07)5665 55755999 7622EMAIL: EMAIL: PHONE: (07) WEBSITE: WEBSITE: June 2012 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 25

Page 26 - Gold Coast Seniors - June 2012

SENIORS NEWS BIGArt125 Opening Night THE Royal Queensland Art Society (RQAS) gallery in Broadbeach was filled to capacity on Opening Night of the 2012 BIGArt125 awards. Not only were the winners announced in the yearly members’ art awards, with prizes totalling $7000, but glasses were raised in honour of long-time gallery director Mignon Sticha who passed away in May and to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Society, which has branches in Brisbane and Rockhampton. Pictured from left are 2012 BIGArt125 judges Colin Sweeney and Terry Lew together with RQAS president Bob Rennie. Judge Jacqueline Houghton was unable to attend on the night.

BIGArt125 Opening a BIG night

A little bit of Ireland on the Gold Coast FOR a delicious hot lunch on a winter’s Day, you can’t go past the Dublin Docks Tavern. Adjacent to Harbourtown on Oxley Drive, the tavern is tastefully furnished and spacious. Sit outside on the sunny deck, or choose a cozy table inside. The menu is fantastic! Choose from the Irish fare including Dublin’s Lamb Shank, or the $10 Guinness Pie and Beer Meal Deal (Monday Dinner). The Traditional apple pie with seasonal apples, cinnamon sultanas and spices with a pastry lattice top is a yummy way to finish the meal – and part of a special with coffee for only $6. What a great day out to go to Harbourtown and shop, and then relax at the stylish Dublin Docks Tavern. Parking is available – and will increase when renovations are completed with the new Dan Murphy’s. Group Bookings are welcome – just phone 5563 9433 to discuss your requirements and secure a table.

Probus Club of Helnsvale THE Probus Club of Helensvale, which is a mixed club, meets at 10am on the second Friday of the month in the Senior Citizens Hall, 37 Discovery Drive, Helensvale. We enjoy a great morning tea, followed by a guest speaker, and a short business meeting. Regular outings and social activities are also offered, and enjoyed. Come and see this in action. Visitors are always welcome. Contact Marie on 5573 0401 for further details.

Tugun Village Community Centre

COME join us for fun and friendship at the Tugun Community Centre, Tugun. Activities include Indoor Bowls, Table Tennis and Cards. All Welcome. Starts at 9am on Mondays mornings $3.50 includes morning tea. Contact Mandy on 0421 175 553 for further information.

COMPUTER REPAIRS AT YOUR PLACE At last a trustworthy, honest computer person who really cares about giving older people affordable reliable service with all their computer needs in their homes. Call Tony Friend today! He goes the extra mile but doesn’t charge an arm and a leg!

• Laptop repairs • Older machines revitalised • Virus removal & internet security • Custom built systems

CARAVAN REPAIRS • HAIL, STORM & CRASH DAMAGE • INSURANCE REPAIR SPECIALISTS • WATER LEAKS • GENERAL REPAIRS AND SERVICE We will pay your insurance excess fees up to $400.00 (on claims $1000 plus)

Caravan Repair Shop Ask for your Seniors Discount

WE COME TO YOU! PH 0411 327 477

3/332 Brisbane Road Arundel Qld 4214 Phone: 07 5500 5213 Email:

SENIORS NEWS Go Lavender for Leukaemia

INDULGING in a little lavender therapy is not only good for your soul it’s also a great thing to do for leukaemia patients during the Leukaemia Foundation’s Lavender Appeal this June. Throughout the month of June a range of lovely lavender products will be available for purchase from several local businesses including all CUA branches, Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology centres and selected QML offices. The fragrant lavender flower was chosen as it symbolises healing,

near a major hospital in Brisbane or Townsville. “The Foundation does what it can to accommodate the patient and their carer in our villages with specialised staff on hand to help them with counselling, education and practical matters. “The Lavender Appeal is one of the simplest ways for the community cleansing and longevity. Lavender Appeal to help us to assist The lavender- themed towards supporting these patients as they merchandise will include patients and their focus on their treatment. Liam the collectable families living with lavender teddy bear, leukaemias, lymphomas, “With 2,000 Queenslanders expected pens, notepads, potmyeloma and related to be diagnosed with a pourri and soaps all blood disorders. blood cancer this year, selling for $10 or less. The CEO of the Leuour services continue to The Foundation aims to kaemia Foundation of be stretched to the raise $200,000 during the Queensland, Bill Petch said the funds raised will limit.” As a not-for-profit go towards easing the organisation, the inevitable financial and emotional burdens that a Leukaemia Foundation blood cancer diagnosis relies on regular fundraisers as well as brings. the generous support of “Many people don’t individuals, community realise that not only do organisations and patients face the businesses to continue difficulties of treating vital medical research their blood cancer but they often have to leave and expand its services. For more information their home, jobs and please call 1800 620 420. family members to be

Do you have an Advance Health Directive?

Personalised and confidential service Hours of operation – 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday Website – Email –

IF you become seriously ill or unconscious or are no longer able to make decisions, you may be unable to communicate your healthcare decisions. An advance health directive allows you to plan what medical treatment or health care you would like in the event that you cannot make decisions for yourself. An advance health directive also enables you to appoint an attorney for health matters if you wish. The best time to make an advance health directive is now, before any urgent health condition arises. However, it is particularly important to make one if you are about to be admitted to hospital, your medical condition is likely to affect your ability to make decisions or you have a chronic medical condition that could result in serious complications. Your doctor is the best person to talk to because they know your medical background and can explain any terms you do not understand. Your GP also needs to complete some details on the required form. You can download an advance directive form at or ask your doctor. When the form is completed and witnessed, keep the original in a safe place and give a copy to your doctor, your solicitor (if you have appointed one) and a family member or friend. It is a good idea to carry a card stating that you have made an advance health directive, where it can be found, and contact details of your personal solicitor or a family member or friend.

Free meditation courses BRAHMA Kumaris Australia - Mermaid Waters offer free meditation courses, free positive awareness courses and free afternoon retreats. Contact 5575 2126, Email: or visit for more information.

A true friend... A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he or she knows that you are slightly cracked.

Grandad Barry Wilson & dad Steve Quan teaching their children how to sail at the SYC Hollywell

Children’s Choir to Visit Australia AFRICAN Children’s Choir to visit Australia after meeting the Queen for Diamond Jubilee celebration.After featuring in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration song Sing with ‘Take That’ singer Gary Barlow, the African Children’s Choir will continue to build their relationship with Australia through a series of visits to Uganda by Australian singing groups, and performances in Australia over July and August 2013. Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber have co-created the inspirational song and video clip for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations (June 4 th 2012) which features musicians such as the Military Wives (a British choir group formed of wives and girlfriends of British Military personnel), The Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Federal Police Pipes and Drums and The African Children’s Choir. Even Prince Harry gets involved at one point - making his musical debut on the tambourine! The joyous track Sing features more than 200 singers and musicians, including a guest appearance by indigenous Australian musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu who, according to Sting, has “the voice of a higher being”. Born blind, Gurrumul grew up as a member of the Gumatj clan on the remote Elcho Island, off the coast of northern Australia. He can be heard singing in his native language, the Yolngu: “Guywuyarra miyamarrana” which means “sing strong, sing loud, sing

clear”. Gold Coast resident Marsha Gusti, founder of Australian charity Kwaya Australia (Swahili for choir), is passionate about creating environments where singers from different cultures can work together at a grass roots level. She says ‘singing together brings such joy – it can result in profound changes to the lives of everyone involved’. With over 110 self-funded community choir singers from all parts of Australia, Kwaya will continue its work with the African Children’s Choir by raising funds and travelling to Uganda in September 2012 and April 2013 to undergo work in the slums, renovate schools and donate supplies to orphanages. Sharing Marsha’s passion for singing and its transformative powers, highly acclaimed and awarded singer, teacher and conductor Dr Jonathon Welch AM (Choir of Hard Knocks) will be leading the musical and cultural exchange journey. The Aussie Kwaya will be performing with Lydia (the young soloist featured in the Jubilee performance) in concerts across Kampala.Kwaya Australia with the assistance of local community choirs is also hosting the first Australian tour of The African Children’s Choir in JulyAugust 2013 where they will visit Melbourne, Sydney, Blue Mountains, Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. For more information about the performances, Kwaya’s fundraising activities or to join the upcoming trips to Uganda call 0433 134 773 or visit

Special Rates 1 bedroom Mountain View Apartment $250.00 3 nights mid week. 2 bedroom Mountain View Apartment $300.00 3 nights mid week

Over the years Montville Holiday Apartments has proven to be an extremely popular location for seniors, reunions and other special occasions. You owe it to yourself, sit back, relax, soak up the view, watch the mountain mist roll in and savour the tranquillity. The only thing to disturb you is the call of the wild birds. Our friendly staff are always available to assist with your enquiries.

The hinterland’s best kept secret enjoy the peace & tranquility Ph: 07 5442 9108 Email: Address: 60-68 Western Ave, Montville. Qld 4560 June 2012 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 27

SENIORS NEWS Coolangatta Senior Citizens THE Coolangatta Senior Citizens Centre welcomes all 50 & over Seniors in the Coolangatta/Tweeds Heads areas. Visitors also welcome. The Centre has a large range of activities including, Bingo, Indoor Bowls, Card Games, Computer Lessons, Ballroom Dancing{ New Vogue and Modern} including lessons, Knit & Natter, Craft & Chatter, Light Exercises, Mah Jong, Meditation, Qigong, Rock & Roll { Including Lessons} Swing & Sway, Snooker & Eight Ball, Tai Chi, Table Tennis, Monthly Bus Trips, Free Monthly Concerts, Library, Hairdresser & Beauti-

Justice of the Peace

cian. Our next free concert will be on Monday 25th June 100 pm Qld. Time and will feature the colourful, glamorous Susie Jay accompanied by Joe Ace. Susie has been performing since she was 12 years of age, entertaining in Clubs, Theatre Restaurants, Vaudeville and television Shows around Australia and overseas. With her great voice and colourful costumes, Susie brings to life many famous female performers of our time. We are pleased to be presenting another top class show. All members and visitors are invited to come along and enjoy any or all of these activities/pastimes and meet new friends. For enquiries, information or events leaflet and concert bookings, Phone us on 07 5536 4050 or call into our centre at 2 Gerrard Street Coolangatta. You can also check our Web Site o n w w w. c o o l a n g a t t a

Not Just a House but a Home

Wommin Bay Village “It’s not just a house but a home” is a 70 bed facility comprising of low-care beds. As part of the 70 there is a ten bed dementia specific area and we age in place if able to meet residents needs adequately. We also provide three respite rooms for the community. Wommin Bay Village is set in spacious grounds near the beach in Kingscliff. There are 6 houses or residences. All houses vary in size from 8-15 rooms and have a communal kitchen, lounge and dining room in each house. All the rooms are single rooms with ensuites. Accommodation can be made for a married couple. Services include 24hr staff, choice of medical practitioner, visiting podiatrist, visiting physiotherapist, newspaper delivery, visiting hair dresser, personal care and help with medications as well as laundry and room servicing. Catering: All food is prepared fresh in our kitchen, this includes homely baked dinners and scrumptious scones with jam and cream. No precooked food. There is also a full time Activities Director who plans lots of outings and activities.

PH:(02) 6674 4177 McKissock Drive Kingscliff, NSW 2487

Page 28 - Gold Coast Seniors - June 2012

U3A Twin Towns U3A Twin Towns Inc have classes for all levels in French, Italian and now Spanish or would you rather play scrabble, MahJong, Cards or Table Tennis? If interested, please contact the office before noon for more information. Members are requested to bring plate. Phone:5534 7333 before noon -Mon to Fri.

Bill Lafferty and Lorraine Atkinston

AT the recent JPs meeting, Stephanie Allen from Red Cross gave a very interesting talk on blood, plasma and platelet donations. She encouraged all to donate as often as possible.

Bill Lafferty was welcomed as our newest member by Lorraine Atkinson. He will join other members on duty at tables on Tuesdays 10am - 2pm at Tweed Centro and Thursdays 10am - 2pm and 5pm - 7pm at Tweed City.

South Tweed Table Tennis Club THE South Tweed Sports Table Tennis Club has vacancies for players of any standard. They meet Tuesday and Sunday night as well as Friday mornings.

Come and enjoy the camaraderie of competition and social play in all age groups. Further information by contacting Cec on 07 55 241 357 or Stan on 07 55 344 035.

News from THE TWEED Twin Towns Day VIEW Club THE Twin Towns Day VIEW Club have recently celebrated their 44th Birthday and the theme for the day was Somewhere Over the Rainbow and the close to 100 ladies who attended were resplendent in outfits of all colours. Song master Chris Harvie was the entertainer and was excellent in his genre. Coming up for the VIEW Club ladies are guest speakers authoress Roz Baker and Sumo wrestling expert Katronia Watts. We are always very pleased to hear from our four Learning for Life students that they are doing very well with their studies – these young people were especially selected for the club by well known charitable institution The Smith Family. Our luncheons are held at the South Tweed Sports Club on the first Thursday of each month and bookings or information can be sought by ringing Freda on 07 55 241 357. Cutting the club’s birthday cake is - President Kathie Diskin, birthday girl Dot Stargatt (who was celebrating her 89th. birthday on the club’s 44th. birthday!) VIEW Club’s National Councillor Joy Gregor and Zone Councillor Margaret Ricketts

Probus Club of Hastings Point

THE Probus Club of Hastings Point Tweed Coast meets next Tuesday 19/06/2012 at 10.00 am at the Tri Care Retirement Community, 87/89 Tweed Coast Road Hastings Point. These meeting are specifically for retired or semi retired people who are over 55 and wish to remain active in the community. At our June meeting there will be a presentation by a representa-

tive from the Murwillumbah Mens’ Shed. This community facility is to officially open shortly and the presentation will be of interest to both ladies and gentlemen. New members welcome! Enquires Steve 02 6676 4641. You may also find us on the web at http://

Coolangatta/Tweed Heads Ladies Probus

At The Eye Care Clinic, our specialists care enough to see you as people, not just as someone with a problem.

THE C.T.H.Ladies Probus Club meet on the 3rd Monday of each month in the Renassiance Room at Twin Towns Services Club at 10.00am. We have guest speakers at most meetings, followed by morning tea and general fellowship. Proud to report that our members raised $157.00 for our Cancer morning tea. Do come along and meet the ladies. Our next meetings 18th June at 10.00am. Please phone Shirley 5599 3868 for more information.

So Doctors Novakovic and Svoboda personally see you all the way through your procedure - right from the first visit until they’re totally satisfied all is well. Nor does this high level of care mean that you’re charged an arm and a leg.

Coolangatta/TweedVIEW Club

Whether it’s cataract surgery, glaucoma, lid tumours, diabetic eyes, iritis, laser surgery, squints, dry eyes or lid malpositions, we actively work to keep the costs as low as possible.

THE Coolangatta/Tweed VIEW Club will celebrate their 22nd birthday lunch on Thursday 21st June at South Tweed Sports Club, 10.30 for 11am. Let’s Make Music with The Melody makers. Visitors welcome. Bookings/apologies Diana 5576-7674 by 5pm Monday 18th June.

When you want someone that not only takes a sight better care of both you and your health, ask for The Eye Care Clinic. You’ll see we really do care.

A.O.O.B’s Twin Towns Branch OUR monthly meetings are held on the 1st Friday of each month at South Tweed Sports Club, Tweed Heads South at 2.00pm in the Secret Garden Room. We have guest speakers each month. All members and guest are invited to attend. Phone 07 5536 2653.

Coolangatta and Murwillumbah (07) 5506 6777

10% DISCOUNT on presentation of this ad - not valid on Sale items





Call Carole, Andrew and Wendi for friendly, experienced help from locals


June 2012 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 29


BETTER patient education and more selfsupport programs embedded in local communities could be the key to managing chronic illnesses as the burden of chronic disease rises in Australia, according to a new report. The National Seniors Australia Productive Ageing Centre report ‘Improving Health Literacy in Seniors with Chronic Illness’ studied older Australians living with chronic illnesses

nt e d n e p e d In g in y a t and S Managing Chronic Illness

and the help that health literacy can provide to patients. National Seniors Australia chief executive Michael O’Neill said the report showed strong evidence of the benefits of greater patient engagement. “Patient engagement is about encouraging patients to know more about their condition so they have the confidence to manage their illness better through making informed decisions,” O’Neill said.

Page 30 - Gold Coast Seniors - June 2012

“The ageing population means there will be more people faced with the slow decline of physical and mental function. This issue will only become bigger in years to come.” The report found that whilst greater patient engagement is partly driven by governments trying to keep health systems financially viable, patients and their families can also see benefits. “There were several cases of people living

with serious and continuing illness and often managing successfully against the odds. “In many cases with patients and their doctors, patients don’t have the knowledge or understanding of basic things like their medication. The patient is seen as a passive recipient, not an active agent. This is something that can be improved.” The authors of the study from the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the University of Sydney,

James Gillespie and Justin McNab, and their colleagues in the Serious and Continuing Illness Policy and Practice Study (SCIPPS) conducted research and interviews with older Australians aged 65-85 from western Sydney and the Australian Capital Territory. The researchers found uncertainty was the most challenging aspect of chronic illness, leading to fear and anxiety amongst patients.

O’Neill said the report highlighted important areas for policy reform as well as recommendations of managing these diseases in alternative ways. “With the rise of the burden of chronic illness in Australia and comparable countries, health systems need to adapt and social support becomes critical,’’ he said. “It makes sense for governments trying to keep health systems

financially viable, and for patients and carers wanting more control over their lives and health.” Health literacy in Australia is at alarmingly low levels. According to a recent survey by the ABS, almost 60 per cent of people lacked the knowledge and skills to enable an individual to function at a minimal level. Go to www.productive for the full report.

Australian Diabetes Council Tweed Heads Support Group

WE invite all people with diabetes, their families and carers to attend the Tweed Heads Support Group Meetings which are both informative and friendly … you will be welcomed! Meeting Details: Community Room (Near Woolworths), Tweed City Shopping Centre, 54 Minjungbal Drive, Tweed Heads on the first Wednesday of the month at 9.30am. A gold coin donation and a small plate to share. For more information, please contact Convenor, Janet Commens on telephone 07 5576 2328.

Feeling Great - an Afternoon Retreat

FOR how long can you hold onto a great feeling? Why is it often followed by slump? And why do we lose our ability to feel it? The greatness that exists within is quite often hidden and so we employ external means to replace the feeling. To feel great is not about having a good time for a few hours or spending money. It begins with stepping inside to meet one’s self and discover true greatness once again. On Saturday 23 June 2pm to 5pm at Brahma Kumaris Aust, 27 Bordeaux Parade, Mermaid Waters. This is a free program. Phone 5575 2126 for bookings.


SOLACE is a support group for those grieving the loss of a partner. We meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at Pacific Fair Community Room at 10.30am. Phone Betty for more information. 07 5580 7034

FREE HEARING TESTS AND TRIALS Are you paying too much for your hearing aids? Try the latest in Hearing Aid Technology with NO Obligation in the comfort of your own home! Compare our prices before you buy


Servicing Gold Coast & Northern Rivers Areas


Personal Hearing Care 30 years experience 5 Summerland Keys, For information call: Broadbeach Waters by Appointment & Healthpoint Chemist – Pines Shopping After Hours Service Centre Elanora (every second Wednesday)

5539 9227 0418 768 385


ndent e p e d In g in y a t S d an

Malnourishment high in older Australians

DIETITIANS Association of Australia has called for routine nutrition screening and intervention programs for the elderly. New research has found that one-third of older Australians receiving home care are at risk of being malnourished. The Melbourne-based study conducted by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) also found 8 per cent of all people assessed were malnourished, while one in five were underweight. Dietitian Georgie Rist, who led the study, said older Australians were struggling to afford healthy food. “There have been a lot of reports lately saying that it is extremely difficult to live adequately, even on the pension,” Rist said. Being malnourished increased the chances of an early admission to hospital and residential aged care, she said. “If we can address malnutrition in the community, we can also decrease the burden on the healthcare system.” The DAA is calling for state and federal governments to fund routine nutrition screening and intervention programs for the elderly. Rist said federal funds were needed, particularly given the Gillard government’s recent push to encourage older Australians to seek care at home – through its Living Longer Living Better program. The Federal Government has said it will invest $3.7 billion over the next five years to increase in-home care options and attract more workers to the sector. The malnutrition study assessed 235 people aged 65 years and older, over a three-month period. The majority were on a pension, with an annual income of less than $30,000, and lived at home. Previous Australian research has found more than one in three hospitals patients and up to 70 per cent of residents in aged care facilities are malnourished. Courtesy: AAP

Bowen Therapy’s powerful healing modalities

BOWEN Therapy is one of the most powerful healing modalities used worldwide. Results can be remarkable even from the first session. It can assist in recovery from many conditions. It is recommended by many doctors because it is safe, gentle and non invasive. Jan is a registered Bowen Therapist and have been trained in the original technique which has been found to be the most effective method and have helped clients with back pain/sciatica, digestion/irritable bowel, migraines and tension headaches, knee/ankle/foot problems, neck/ shoulder/frozen shoulder, respiratory/asthma/hay-fever, RSI, carpal tunnel syndrome/tennis elbow, arthritis pain reduction, stress and tension. Patient testimonials: “I visited Jan with painful sciatica and irritable bowel. Doctors and medication had not helped me. I was amazed that after 3 treatments I was symptom free. My symptoms have not returned.” Rev. Denise Smith, Currumbin “I had problems with my neck seizing up unable to move it. After one appointment with Jan it was 100% better and hasn’t returned.” Renee Hurley, Springbrook “Before I went to Jan I was mentally and physically exhausted, tired of the pain in my back, neck and knees and unable to sleep. After three treatments I was completely pain free.” Yasmin Winters, Broadbeach “I visited Jan for arthritis in my hips and knees, with regular monthly sessions I am now pain free.” Freda Bartlett, Robina “I have been seeing Jan regularly for 3 months. EVERY session I attend whether to relax or work on a specific area of pain or discomfort, the results are instant and effective. I had numbness in my big toe for 12 months, with 1 session I have never experienced this again. I had a long standing injury in my wrist, with 2 sessions that pain has effectively stopped.” Andrew Barker, Mudgeeraba (National Development Manager, Bartercard Australia) “ I sought out Jan’s services to relieve headache and tension and her treatment has been very effective and beneficial and I would recommend her to anyone. Contact Jan if you have symptoms that ‘never go away’, you will be so glad that you did – Bowen is wonderful.” Sheila Brown, Robina Jan Evans is a full member of the Bowen Association of Australia.

Advanced Bowen Therapist Accredited Diploma Masters

Private Health rebates available Telephone Jan:

5525 3015 or 0422 859 621

Exercise with a view

Refika Puzic

IT was a Sunday morning filled with sunshine and blue skies and the Gold Coast Parks exercise equipment at James Overell Park in Southport was getting a good workout by a steady stream of passersby. Nearby resident Refika Puzic was photographed as she enjoyed not only the outdoors but the panoramic Nerang River vistas while engaging in gentle bicyclelike exercises on the popular ‘ezy rider’. There are a number of free-to-use exercise facilities available at different Gold Coast parks, a great way to improve fitness levels and general coordination. The equipment can include cross trainer, stepper, ab-hip swinger, shoulder press, rowing machine, cycle seat, butterfly press, push-up and sit-up boards, and ezy rider. For more information about parks in your area, phone Gold Coast Parks on 5581-6984; email, or write to Gold Coast City Council, PO Box 5042, Gold Coast Mail Centre Qld 9729.

Winter swimming – in a heated pool! MEN and women between 18 and 100+ are welcome to join in the Gold Coast Marlins Winter Swimming Club’s weekly swims at Southport’s heated Olympic Pool. Sunday sign-on is 9am with swims commencing at 9.30am. A social barbeque follows. For more information contact Terry on 0410 626 285 or 5591-6165.

Would you like to stop those inevitable leaks, and avoid embarrassment? We supply the traditional and hard to obtain waterproof pants that you have been looking for

ANTHONY NEST Now you can go to the shops in confidence


5523 3588


5599 2744

Banora Point Shop 2/25 Stuart Street

BURLEIGH HEADS 5576 3244 1894 Gold Coast Hwy


5525 0012

Cnr West Wyberba & Karana Streets

We offer these in a range of colours and sizes, as well as a wide range of other products


3889 9199 Mon - Fri - 9 - 4.30

16/50-52 Kremzow Road, Brendale, 4500 Personal callers welcome, or visit our online store June 2012 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 31

Pensioners/Senior Citizens



HOLIDAY & Leisure



Twin Share single supplement


5 x nights accom 5 x hot b/fasts & 5 x hot dinners 3 x morning teas 2 x afternoon teas PLUS 4x fabulous scenic bus tours

$100 PHONE NOW FOR FREE BROCHURE 02 6644 9220 Email: Website: or write to: Hilldrop Motor Inn PO Box 126, Sth Grafton 2460

“Grafton is easily reached via car on the Pacific Highway or, if you travel via coach/rail we provide courtesy transfers”

Page 32 - Gold Coast Seniors - June 2012

Consider a Home Exchange WANT a cheap holiday in an overseas country or in another part of Australia? How about a holiday with free accommodation and free use of a car? These are just two of the advantages when you participate in a home exchange. Having recently completed our seventh exchange, we have been asked by many people how to go about it and what it entails. It all revolves around

by Allan Blackburn

websites, so access to a computer with Internet connection is essential. A search of “home exchange” or “house exchange” will return many sites and you have to decide which one to use. Some of the more popular include: www.home, www., www. aussiehouseswap., www.homeswap, www.home There is at least one site

Exchange in Denmark

intended for the older members of society: w w w. s e n i o r s h o m e Which one you choose depends on a number of factors. If you know what specific country you want to visit, you can go to a website and check out how many listings they have for that country – the number varies considerably between sites. Anybody can visit a site and look at the offerings without being a member. You only have to subscribe to a site when you want to contact a prospective swapper. The information provided within sites varies too. They usually tell you how big the property is, what its facilities are, and something about the people including their age bracket. We will only swap with our own age group and will not accept children or smokers – those kinds of choices are up to you. The cost of membership varies widely. Some sites cost over $100 a year, but others cost only around $60 a year with some offering discounts for a three year membership. There is often a guarantee – if you don’t manage

Escorted Small Group Tours • Japan • Iceland • Burma • Costa Rica • USA For discerning travellers looking for something special, cherry blossom gardens, arts, crafts, bird watching, vintage cars and autumn colours... email: phone:

1300 307 317

to organize a swap in the year, then you get another year for free. With the growing popularity of this kind of holiday, the competition is increasing and, anyway, you recoup the cost in the first day or so of a swap. Once you have signed up with a particular site, you have to list your property. It is most beneficial if you provide as much information as possible and make it sound fantastic. You have to sell the idea of a holiday in your house. Photos are essential, not just of the house and interior, but also of the attractions in your area. Try to be as chatty as possible, and try to be friendly in how you present information about yourself. Now you can start sending emails to possible swappers. Most listings state where the people want to go. We ignore this and send emails to anybody in the chosen area – often 50 or more. One problem you may encounter is that Europeans are reluctant to travel all the way to Australia – you would think it was on another planet! So you have to make it sound and look really good. Keep a record of who you contact as you may need this

later if you send out more emails. Once you get a possible hit, you then start negotiating on dates and specifics like looking after pets. Over a period of months you get to know the person and may even be able to talk to them on Skype. You build up a rapport and get a feel of what they are like. If there is anything you are not sure of, it is best to bring it out in the open and discuss it rather than leave it to chance. Sometimes, due to travel arrangements, you may not meet the people whose house you live in. We have always managed to meet them and it is good to talk face to face. It is great to have some local contacts, especially in a foreign country. So try to arrange some friends or neighbours to visit and be on call if problems arise. We have developed a “house manual” detailing every aspect of how our property works. This is most beneficial when small issues come up. It is surprising how our houses differ from those overseas – small things like where is the mains electrical switch, who to call in an emergency, how to operate the TV and what kind of fuel the car uses. Check with your insurers about others driving your car and living in your house – most do not care who it is as long as they are over 25. You can lock up any belongings you want secured. Some people even put locks on one room. The whole swap is based on trust and we have never had any problems. So the whole world is out there, just waiting to be explored. What are you waiting for? Get on the computer and go for it!

HOLIDAY & Leisure More new great escorted senior rail tour destinations from Great Value Holidays

WE have some fantastic new destinations and hotels on offer in 2012 in Queensland. Firstly due to high levels of request, from you our most valued customers we have a Townsville and Magnetic Island tour. All the key points of interest in this region have been covered, including a tour and lunch on Magnetic Island, a visit to the Army Museum full of memorabilia from the strong military influence of both the Australians and the Americans in the region during the war years. A visit the Museum of Tropical North Qld and do a scenic tour

up Hervey’s Ranges stopping at the historical Tea Rooms. The Tea Rooms were once the local watering hole and overnight accommodation for bullock teams and Cobb and Co Coaches en route to the Gold Fields, this historic split log inn - is believed to be the oldest known building in North Queensland. We have also changed our Whitsundays Itinerary so much that those of you that have already been will be tempted to join us again! We will stay on beautiful 4 ½ star Daydream Island 2 of the nights on our tour, we also now have included a

South-Western Qld Opal Tours Yowah, Qld April - October Door to door pick-up - Small group tours Visit local attractions and highlights - swim in Artesian Spas Shop for Opals at Miners’ prices - Big John Opal Mine Visit working Sheep & Cattle property for Farm Stay 4 star Motel/Cabin accommodation with en-suite Professionally-prepared meals included (except 2 lunches when travelling) Special dietary needs catered for

12-dayStandard Tour only $1400 per person 21-day Extended Tour P.O.A departing 1st July, 2012

Covering 6000 kms of Qld, Central Qld - Mt Isa - Camooweal - the Gulf - Karumba - Normaton - Rubyvale - Emerald

Tours finish October 2012 due to retirement

Interested? Contact Mal Gamble direct 07 5534 3354 - 0412 757 832 or Bookings/Expressions of interest must be made early to avoid disappointment.

cruise through the Whitsunday passage past several tropical Islands and visit the magnificent Whitehaven Beach. The tour will then return to stay at The Reef Gateway Hotel on the mainland for the duration of our stay. While in Cairns we will now also be staying at the newly renovated 4 star Cairns Queenslander, which is conveniently located in town and only 1 block from the Esplanade. Another great new tour is a Gold Coast Christmas Tour staying at the new 4 ½ star Meriton Broadbeach, conveniently located in the heart of Broadbeach and across the road from Jupiter’s Casino and Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. This is a wonderful, relaxing itinerary for those that want to share Christmas with others while not having to worry about who’s cooking the Christmas turkey! Lastly our first Tasmania – The Great Escape tour sold out so quickly we have decided to run another one on the 9th October this year. What a perfect time of year to see Tasmania. So come and join us on a Great Value Escorted Holiday Rail Adventure. Our tours have been making seniors smile for years. Why? Because of our friendly staff, and our all inclusive packages. We know that when you

Outstanding scenery

retire you want to know what your holiday is going to cost you up front, so you can then sit back and enjoy it without worrying. We also know that price and quality is important, because our clients have told us that’s why they

keep coming back to us year after year. Now with more tours on offer why wait? Please see our advert on page 32 or call Robyn and Ian at Great Value Holidays your Group Rail touring specialists on Phone – 1300 722 661

Update on literary trip to Tipperary IN a recent edition of the Gold Coast/Tweed Seniors paper, it was reported that local author Brian Kennedy, 72, was exporting Irish history from his Helensvale home to Ireland through books he had written in Australia. The subject matter of one of Brian’s books is former US president John F Kennedy’s Irish O’Kennedy ancestors. Brian has now returned from his 20th trip to Ireland where he successfully launched two of his books in Tipperary in front of an audience that included visitors from England. In recognition of Brian’s efforts, he has been honoured with an invitation to the official 2013 opening of the new John F Kennedy Visitors Centre being built in Dunganstown, Ireland, the locality where JFK’s greatgrandfather Patrick Kennedy spent his early days before immigrating to America.



12 Days - 27th July - 7th August $1899 Includes: Good Motels - Breakfast & Dinners, One Morning Tea Admissions: Sky Rail or TravelTrain to Kuranda, Daintree Rainforest, River Cruise, Paronella Park, Port Douglas Tour, Two Island Cruise, Townsville Tour, Reef HQ, The World’s Best Living Reef, Mackay, Rockhampton, Airlie Beach, Bundaberg Caboolture, Redcliffe, Brisbane Metro Area, Redlands, Gold Coast, Tweed Heads, Banora Pt, Kingscliff Will mail Itinerary on all tours, Please Phone

Brisbane: 3343 6722 Gold Coast: 5520 1499

Coastal Variety Tours

Saturday 7th July SUBURBAN MYSTERY TOUR Day tour by steam train around the suburbs Tuesday 10th – Saturday 14th July FAR WEST QUEENSLAND Quilpie & Cunnamulla by air conditioned train Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th July WINTER WINELANDER Two day diesel hauled air conditioned train tour to the Granite Belt region Saturday 22nd September TOOWOOMBA CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS Steam train to Qld’s most well known floral event Wednesday 26th September SILVER BULLET SPRING TIME EXPRESS Rail Motor to Spring Bluff & Toowoomba gardens “Book early as seats are limited”

SUNSHINE EXPRESS RAIL TOURS P.O. BOX 1119, TOOWONG, 4066 Phone 3252 1759 Fax 3252 1767 Australian Railway Historical Society Queensland Division ABN 74 009 767 579

June 2012 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 33

Sun Island Hotel, Tuban

With impeccable service, sophisticated designs and Balinese soul, Sun Island Hotel is the ideal base to explore the sandy beaches, shopping malls and markets of Kuta. Includes 7 nights accommodation in a Superior room s Breakfast daily s Airport transfers> Bonus Stay 7 nights & pay for only 6!^ Valid for travel 15 May – 20 December 2012 & 08 January – 31 March 2013

7 nights from $622*pp

O-CE-N Bali by Outrigger, Legian

Open your window to Bali and breathe in the cool island air and idyllic surroundings of Legian Beach. Decorated in tropical inspired hues, your stay at O-CE-N Bali by Outrigger will be the perfect Bali getaway. Includes 7 nights accommodation in a Studio room s Breakfast daily s Airport transfers> Bonus Stay 7 nights & pay for only 6!^ Valid for travel 15 May – 22 June, 14 July – 20 September, 01 October – 07 December 2012 & 15 January – 28 March 2013

7 nights from $682*pp

Kamandalu, Ubud

Tuban, Lombok & Legian

Located on a hillside setting, you will be enchanted by Kamandalu as you relax in luxury and visit Casa Luna cooking school to discover the secrets of Balinese food.

Make the most of your Bali holiday with this fantastic package staying in vibrant Tuban, relaxing Lombok and peaceful Legian.

Includes 6 nights accommodation in a Kamandalu Ubud chalet s Breakfast daily s Casa Luna cooking class~ s Airport transfers> Bonus Stay 6 nights & pay for only 5!^ Valid for travel 15 May – 22 December 2012 & 06 January – 31 March 2013

Page 34 - Gold Coast Seniors - June 2012

Includes 1 night accommodation at Holiday Inn Baruna (Tuban) in a Superior room s 5 nights accommodation at Sheraton Senggigi (Lombok) in a Superior Poolside room s 4 nights accommodation at Bali Niksoma (Legian) in a Superior room s Breakfast daily s All transfers> Bonus Stay 10 nights & pay for only 9!^ Valid for travel 15 May – 22 June, 14 July – 20 September, 01 October – 07 December 2012 & 15 January – 28 March 2013

6 nights from $769*pp

10 nights from $1,114*pp

HOLIDAY & Leisure Unique Indonesian Adventures

DEEP in the jungles of Tanjung Puting National Park, in the far south of Central Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo),

some of the world’s last remaining wild Orangutan survive under the care and research of the Orangutan Foundation

International. Journey with the Bali and Indonesian experts, Garuda Orient Holidays, on a Borneo Wilderness Tour to experience the spectacular habitat of these wonderful animals plus so much more! With the assistance of the Australian Orangutan Project, the Borneo Wilderness Tour will take you to Sekonyer River for three nights at the rustic Rimba Lodge. From here, enjoy excursions by traditional klotok boat to several research stations. Explore Camp Leakey, the site of the longest continuous study of any wild non-human animal in the history of science to see the work of Dr Birute Galdikas and many talented researchers. Continue on your tour to witness the incredible effort of the Orangutan Foundation International Care Centre where over 100 orphaned Orangutan of all ages

are rehabilitated ready to return to the jungle. Access to the Care Centre is not normally available to the public, making the Borneo Wilderness Tour a unique and valuable experience. From $3,462 per person, this incredible tour includes return airfares from Jakarta to Pangkalanbun, two nights at Sheraton Bandara Jakarta, three nights at Rimba Lodge and one night at Hotel Blue Kecubun. You will enjoy breakfast daily, all meals in Kalimantan, all transport, permits and fees, the dedication of a local English speaking escort in Kalimantan and a substantial contribution to the Care Centre. Contact your local Travellers Choice consultant on 1300 78 78 58 for the best airfare to Jakarta and to embark on this unique adventure to Borneo with Garuda Orient Holidays.

Kyoto autumn gardens tour

IN late November the gardens of Kyoto put on a spectacular show of their best autumn foliage. Toursgallery operates an annual small group tour that features the best autumn gardens of Kyoto - secluded gardens, parks and forest areas that have been especially selected for their visual splendor. You will be fully escorted by an Australian Tour Director, as well as an English speaking Japanese Tour Manager, who can tell you all about Kyoto and take you into the hidden treasures that you would never find without assistance. Visits to sights surrounding the Japan Inland Sea and Lake Biwa add an extra dimension to this escorted tour. Shikoku, Awaji and Shodo Islands are also famous for their spectacular red and gold autumn leaves in November. “On this tour rural villages and forested mountains are mixed in with traditional gardens, in order to give people a com-

plete Japanese experience.” said Ken Osetroff, director of Toursgallery. English speaking guides, buffet dinners and banquets of fine Japanese cuisine, private charter coach transportation and accommodation in a selection of spa resorts, western hotels and picturesque Japanese Inns are all included. Since 1983 Toursgallery has been creating and operating 7 small group tours to Japan every year. Toursgallery’s 12 day Kyoto Autumn Gardens Tour commences on 22 November and is priced at $6,400 per person twin share. Limited to accepting only 15 guests this escorted tour is designed for people who like comfort and personal service. Every year for the past 26 years Toursgallery have been taking people to Japan to see the best autumn foliage and the most impressive autumn gardens. If you are a discerning traveller who appreciates the benefits of being on an escorted small group tour, private charter coach transportation and staying in specially selected accommodation with all breakfasts included call now and ask for a brochure! Autumn photos of Japan can be seen on the internet at For brochures phone toll free 1300 307 317 or send an email to

June 2012 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 35

HOLIDAY & Leisure Grand Pacific takes New Zealand on tour

Twin Towns Evening VIEW Club TWIN Towns Evening VIEW Club meets at 6.30pm the 2nd Wednesday of each month at Tweed Heads Bowls Club. A diverse range of Guest speakers make the dinner meeting very interesting. Extra activities for the rest of the year include a “Christmas in July” dinner and weekend getaways. Recent Fundraises for our eight

“Learning for Life” students have been a cake stall and luncheon and fun day at the home of Dot Carmichael. Both of which helped raise a wonderful amount of funds to support this Smith Family project. New members of all ages are most welcome to join our very friendly club. For information phone Pat on 5536 5227.

Tourism Rotorua Maori girl at Whakarewarewa

Delicious Cruise Deals created for you

CELEBRITY CRUISES 11 Nights from $2205*

Per Person Twin Share

HOLLAND AMERICA LINE 13 Nights from $1999*

Per Person Twin Share

PRINCESS CRUISES 40 Nights from $4999*

Per Person Twin Share




HIGHLIGHTS: Visit Cairns, Port Douglas, Brisbane & The Whitsundays ex Sydney. INCLUDES: 11 Nights cruising aboard Celebrity Solstice in an Ocean View Veranda Stateroom, with meals, entertainment, some beverages taxes & tips.

HIGHLIGHTS: Visit Brisbane Hamilton Island, Noumea & Isle Of Pines plus view the solar eclipse - ex Sydney. INCLUDES: 13 Nights cruising aboard ms Oosterdam in an Ocean View Stateroom, with meals, entertainment, some beverages & taxes.

HIGHLIGHTS: Visit Airlie Beach, Darwin, Kota Kinabalu, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Busan, Nagasaki, Osaka, Tokyo, Iwo Jima, Guam, Rabaul, Brisbane - ex Sydney. INCLUDES: 40 Nights cruising aboard The Sun Princess in an Inside Stateroom, with meals, entertainment, some beverages & taxes.

Departing 28 March 2013.

Departing 7 November 2012.

Departing 12 September 2012.

*Conditions apply. Credit Card Fees apply. Does not include flights. Prices are per person twin share. Prices correct at time of printing but subject to availability and change without notice. Does not include taxes collected by third parties.For Full Conditions contact the team at the above offices.NSW Licence No:2TA6021 QLD Licence No:3448432 Licensee:Travel Schmoo Pty Ltd

Page 36 - Gold Coast Seniors - June 2012

GRAND Pacific Tours, the New Zealand Coach Holiday Specialist, will be taking New Zealand on tour when they stage the biggest Coach Expo ever to hit town! Grand Pacific Tours continues to be regarded as the market leader in providing the mature aged traveller with breathtaking New Zealand experiences on their range of luxury coach holidays that represent both quality and value for money. Grand Pacific Tours offer three very distinct styles of touring, which include Luxury Coach Holidays; Ultimate Small Group Touring and their NEW style of flexible, affordable touring SimplyNZ. With over 190 departures per year there’s an option for everyone. In New Zealand, every new day is something to cherish. The culture is rich and dynamic and the scenery provides unique moments of pure beauty. There is no better time to visit New Zealand than right now. Hear from representatives

from Air New Zealand, New Zealand’s national airline and our carrier of choice. Let us paint you a picture of the stunning overnight cruise in the Bay of Islands; the Agrodome – home to the award-winning sheep show; the unique Kauri Museum and the spectacular cruising on the Milford Sound. Find out more about the amazing scenery encountered on the TranzAlpine Rail Journey; the geothermal activity and Maori hangi & concert in Rotorua. Meet the locals, including visitors from Wellington, the city voted the ‘Coolest Little Capital in the World’ by Lonely Planet, Auckland the ‘city of sails’ and Dunedin the ‘Edinburgh of the South’. Learn about the luxurious accommodation provided by our hoteliers and the VIP treatment Grand Pacific Tours travellers receive. Jump on board, take a seat and experience true comfort as you sit back on the Grand Pacific Tours Gold Class Coach featured at

the expo. Relax and gaze out the large panoramic windows and imagine touring this beautiful country on a coach holiday. Our professional Coach Captains will be on hand to answer your questions and give you a first-hand account of the enjoyment all travellers experience. Exclusive to the 2012 expo will be celebrity guest performers Mandy and Jason Pickering. Mandy was the grand final winner of the 2009 ‘Stars in Their Eyes’ television programme. Jason, has been involved in Christchurch’s music scene for many years and is the co-designer and inspiration behind the ‘Heart Strings’ guitar, an inspirational scheme that helped the city of Christchurch recover from the devastating 2011 earthquake. Two lucky people will also leave the expo as winners of a 10 Day Ultimate South Island New Zealand Tour valued at over $7,900. It could be you! The 2012 Grand Pacific Tours Brisbane expo will be held at Royal on the Park Hotel on Sunday, 5 August at 11.00am to 2.00pm. Entry fee is $5 per person including a delicious morning tea and a show bag of goodies. Exclusive one day only specials will be available on the day of the expo. Don’t miss out on this exclusive event – book now with Grand Pacific Tours on 1800 622 768.

Let’s Get Foster carers needed for Cavaliers

Bridge for brains THE Helensvale and Southport Bridge Club took part again recently in the “Bridge for Brains” competition. This annual event is supported by over 80 bridge clubs throughout Australia. All clubs play identical hands of cards, and the results are compared on a nationwide basis. “Bridge for Brains” is organized by Neuroscience Research Australia, an organization which is dedicated to finding cures for degenerative brain diseases such

Gold Coast Potters & Friends

Pictured are members of the Rescue group and their spaniels.

CAVALIER King Charles Spaniel Rescue Qld (Inc) is searching for ‘Foster Carers’ for our rescued dogs. Cavalier Rescue pays for veterinary costs and medications. If you are able to assist in the care of these wonderful little dogs for brief periods from time to time, please give


us a call. It is a rewarding experience seeing your Cavalier charge go to a new home and family, particularly knowing that you were an important part of the process. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Rescue looks forward to your call on 0458 550 878.

as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Recent achievements include a new drug trial for motor neurone disease, and research into rehabilitation for stroke patients in remote areas. 42 members supported the event at Helensvale, on a very enjoyable social occasion which included a light lunch. The entire proceeds, which consisted of entry fees and a raffle, and amounted to $500, were donated to this very worthwhile charity. The Helensvale and Southport Bridge Club meets at Helensvale Community Centre every Monday, and at Southport Community Centre every Wednesday, play commencing at 11-30am. New members and visitors are cordially welcomed.

OUR next Gold Coast Potters Empty Bowls Fundraising Lunch is on Sunday June 17th at Cnr Ashmore Road and Carrara Street, Benowa from 11am2pm. It’s a fantastic outing and very suitable for seniors $15 includes a beautiful bowl you get to take home… but not before filling it as many times as you like at our lovely Al Fresco all you can eat buffet with hearty home- made soups including pea & ham, minestrone, pumpkin, beef and beer casserole – loads of fresh crusty breads, salads and pasta dishes. There’s free entertainment with a great singer who does everything from the wartime favourite, Elvis, Frank Sinatra through to modern day along with market stalls with preserves and other take home sweet treats. It really is a great day for all ages. All proceeds to directly to feeding the needy and homeless. For more details go to

Who do you call… Seniors Card 131 304 or 1800 175 500 (free call outside Brisbane) Centrelink: Retirement 132 300 Disability, Sickness & Carers 132 717 Employment Services 132 850 Retirement Village Association of Australia 1800 240 080 Seniors Enquiry Line 1300 135 500 Department of Veteran Affairs 133 254

Does Vinegar Kill Mould?

AFTER a bout of wet weather mould will start to appear. There are other things than expensive products that you can use. Vinegar is a mild acid which can kill 82% of mould species. However it also has the advantages of being natural and safe. Vinegar is non-toxic and doesn’t give off dangerous fumes like bleach does. To kill mould with vinegar, use white distilled vinegar which you can buy cheaply from the supermarket. Pour some vinegar into a spray bottle without watering it down and spray the vinegar onto the mouldy surface and leave it to sit for an hour. Wipe clean the area with water and allow the surface to dry. Any smell from the vinegar should clear within a few hours. If you want to use vinegar to prevent mould growing on surfaces just spray vinegar on the surface and leave it. Repeat this every few days to ensure the surface will stay mould-free. You can even mop your tiled bathroom floor or other hard non-porous floors with vinegar if you are worried about mould growing on them.

Musgrave Hill Bowls Club ON Saturday 21st July, 2012, our annual New Zealand Day Open Mufti Mixed Fours.This is a must play in event carrying $2,000 prize money. This event is completely open for mixed teams and teams of 4 men or 4 ladies are also permissible. On Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24thJuly, 2012 we are holding our annual 2 Day Mens Pairs event carrying $3,000 in prize money. This competition is always hotly contested so get your entry in early. To enter either of the

above events please phone the Club on (07) 5532-1277. Mixed Bowls – On Friday afternoons games will be Pairs or Triples at 12.30pm in Club Whites. Visitors made welcome and can phone the Club on 55321277 to enter, leaving a contact telephone number and preference of Pairs or Triples. Mahjong – Every Thursday afternoon between 1 & 4pm. Very social. Tea & bikkies no charge – anyone wishing to join us for a game will be made most welcome. Usually 3

Veteran Affairs Network 1300 551 918

tables plus. For enquiries please phone Nevis Uniacke on 55395587.

National Information Centre on Retirement Investments (NICRI) 1800 020 110

BSA Lic 11 597 62


GLENDALE GRANNY CABINS • Independence • Security • Peace of Mind


5502 2297 or 131198


Carpenters Cabinet Makers Tilers-Pavers Concretors External House Cleaning Window Cleaners Appliance Repairs

Rubbish Removal Handymen Gutter Cleaning Plumbers-Drainers Pergolas Bricklayers Plasterers

Electricians Cleaners Carpet Cleaners Pest Control Tree Lopping Painters Fridge Seals

THE IDEAL SITUATION Providing privacy and Independence, with the security of proximity to family. Glendale Granny Cabins provide comfortable, self-contained accommodation for elderly relatives on the same site as the family home.

• Over 4000 satisfied Glendale owners • 7 year structural warranty • Over 25 years experience • Undisputed industry leader


ALL THESE SERVICES PLUS MORE FROM OUR EXPERIENCED MATURE SERVICE PROVIDERS We would love to provide a worker for you. For jobs up to $3,300

LAWN & GARDEN CARE We don’t just mow, we CARE

Dickson Rd., Caboolture 4510 FREECALL 1800 801 710

Please send me more information on Glendale Granny Cabins Mr/Mrs/Miss .............................................................. Address ................................................................... .................................................P/C.......................... Phone ......................................................................

June 2012 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 37




St John’s Cathedral – a “must visit” for seniors

• Free industrial hearing tests available • Qualified audiologists & audiometrists onsite ble. • 60 day trials for private hearing aids • Musician’s & swimmer’s ear plugs asino • Pre-employment testing • All brands available Clinics at: • Ballina • Casino • Kingscliff • Kyogle • Lismore • Murwillumbah • Tweed Heads • Yamba


FREECALL 1800 835 404 88 Tamar Street, Ballina - Ph: (02) 6686 0844

Transfer 8mm Films to DVD 15% OFF 8mm Film Transfers

St John’s Cathedral

IF your seniors’ club is looking for a great destination to visit, why not tour St John’s Cathedral in Anne Street. This stunning neogothic building, completed in 2009, is one of Australia’s architectural masterpieces. The Cathedral hosts regular tours for seniors groups such as Probus, View clubs and retirement villages. Tours normally last for an hour and can include refreshments (at a modest additional cost). With its tall pillars and soaring stone-valued ceilings, the Cathedral is one of the finest examples of neo-gothic architecture in the world. The architect was John


PH 1300 730 430 or 0412 757 144

Pickup & Delivery Must present this Coupon Valid till 30-6-12

Selling your house, unit, villa or relocatable home privately? One of our readers may very well want to buy it! You can now advertise your home in the Gold Coast/Tweed Seniors Newspaper’s Property Section A one-off discounted outlay of $110.00 inc. GST gives you a (4cm x 6.5cm) sized advertisement - over 4 editions. Approximately 50 words. Post advertisements to: Property Section, Gold Coast/Tweed Seniors Newspaper, PO Box 1062, Tewantin. Qld. 4565 by the 15th of each month.

Discounted advertising rate for readers

only $110*

*Conditions apply: This discounted offer is only available to our ‘Senior readers’. Private adverts only. The $110.00 must be paid for by cheque, money order or by credit card prior to advertisements appearing. (No refunds given on this discounted rate.)

Loughborough Pearson, a nineteenth church architect of great distinction. He was a member of prestigious Royal Academy and was also architect to Westminster Abbey. St John’s was his last commission, and also his greatest work, according to the Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman. Tours of the Cathedral are run by experienced guides. They provide insight into the building’s superb architecture and also show visitors some of the Cathedral’s many fine art works and treasures. These include sixth century mosaics brought back from the

Ruby Gardens Over 50s Resort

Stunning 2 bdrm ensuite BIR, Norfolk M’factured home with ac, solar panels, gas hot water, modern lge kitchen, lounge, dining rooms, laundry, sep toilet, lge shed, low maintenance garden, space for car & van in carport. Gable roof, bay windows, cathedral ceilings & quality curtains & pelmets throughout. Walk to beach & estuary. Swimming/lap pools, gym, sauna, hairdresser & masseuse onsite. Live the dream.

Unique situation overlooking Resort gardens .Comfortable/spacious, 26sqs, including huge, glass encl. verandah. Lounge/dining, large kitchen with aircon. 2 Dble bedrooms, ens/bathroom, sep. toilet, study & laundry. Full solar power. Lock up garage & carport.

5 star facilities, pool, bowls, tennis, gym, library, workshop, craftroom.

Price: $249,000 Phone: 0421 686 310

Cost: $325,000 Phone: 07 5547 5852

Code 2474

Over 50’s Resort Ormeau, Qld

Code 2468

North Star Resort Hastings Point

Villa on large corner block, 3 bdrms, 2 bathrooms, WIR, large garage, covered & tiled alfresco area, with side access for poptop/boat. Aircon, solar electricity, security screens. Lots of extras. $370,000

Ph 0427 341 533 or 07 3386 1576

Code 2489

Super and Standard 8 Films to DVD Slides and Photos to DVD Camera/Video Tapes to DVD LP Records & Audio Cassettes to CD

Private Sale

Over 50s Retirement Village

Gold Coast Villa

Over 55s perimeter site, situated on the water. 2 bdrm + study, new carpet, vinyl & deck. Solar panels & carport takes 2 small cars. 3mins walk to convenience store opposite Tweed River. Close to Tweed City, bowls and Services Club.

Spacious 2 bed Villa in Over 50s lifestyle village

Mooloolaba - 1 brm unit

Phone: 07 3263 3070 or 0408 885 102 Page 38 - Gold Coast Seniors - June 2012

Code 2486

Overlooks riverside park and serene reach of beautiful Mooloolah River. Immaculately presented unit with top quality fittings. On site caretaker, pool, spa, secure basement parking and lift. Asking price is $335,000 but vendors will consider any genuine offer/proposition.

Unit features air con throughout, log affect gas fire, timber floors in bedroom, 2nd toilet, laundry wih wall mounted dryer, verandah overlooking landscaped gardens, shed with power, carport with remote. Village boasts swimming pool, spa, bowling green, community hall.

Price: $290,000 ono Phone: 07 5577 5059

Code 2484

$180,000 Neg Contact Bruce 0417 985 099

Over 50s Resort, 5-Star facilities

Coombabah Over 50s Village

Between Brisane and Gold Coast

Opportunity for retiree or not, to obtain a spacious 2 brms + sleepout home in a very well maintained and managed village. Sep bathroom/toilet, tandem carport. Recently refurb kitchen, new carpet, aircon, ceiling fan master, new blinds to all windows. Outlook to green space from leisurely front deck, warm in winter, cool in summer. Excellent position in park. Close to all facilities transport and amenities. Centrelink rent assistance available for pension holders.

3 bedroom, ensuite, WIR, large family/dining room, large kitchen with slide out drawers, R/C air conditioning, SLU garage & storeroom, large outdoor living area, solar power, water tank, pet friendly. House is in a great position overlooking a large bowling green & 5-Star Clubhouse. $349,000 ono

Ph: 0407 572 181 or 0407 574 447

Code 2487

$249,000 ONO Ph: 5529 0586 or 0430 290 141

Code 2475

Small gated community, freehold, brick & tile stand alone 1 bdrm, screened sunroom, garage, with solar power. Recreation clubhouse with swimming pool, 2 motel style visitor rooms available. Adjacent to nature reserve & walking tracks, close to major shopping centres, bus stop at front gate, quiet & peaceful garden setting.

Code 2476

Runaway Bay

$170,000 Ph: Judith 0409 645 792 view on

Code 2488

• • • •

Holy Land by the Australian Light Horse; two ancient coins issued by Pontius Pilate at the time he ordered the crucifixion of Jesus; tapestry by distinguished Australian artist John Olsen; and a beautiful bas relief of the Virgin Mary produced by Australia’s finest sculptor, Sir Bertram McKennal. The Cathedral houses a Union Jack, reputedly the first flag carried by the Anzacs at Gallipoli. There are over 150 stained glass windows, including the stunning Millennium Window opened by the Queen in 2002 and the more recent Glenn Mack windows which incorporate an image of the galaxy as seen through the Hubble telescope. To arrange a tour of the Cathedral, contact guides coordinator, Jacki Scott on 3835 2222 or guides@anglicanbrisbane.

Zumba Gold Classes

WANTED to try Zumba but worried you’re too uncoordinated, not fit enough, don’t know anybody? Come along to our friendly Zumba Gold class – We’re all about fun, laughter and moving our bodies to music. A low impact, fun and easy to follow dance fitness class for $10. Mondays 9.30am. 42 Matilda Street, Burleigh Heads. Call Rovena on 0405 989 280.

‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . .

There’s no place like Nobbys Come Down and Enjoy Lunch Whilst you Gaze at the Spectacular View of the Ocean Right on the Beach, Views of the Gold Coast from Surfers to Coolangatta

Diana Trask releases new CD

A leaf of ‘Autumn’

A NEW CD of songs by Diana Trask has now been released. Diana Trask Oh Boy is not available in stores and is only obtainable from the coupon on Page 45 or at Diana’s website Diana Trask went to the US to try her luck as a singer and during her amazing career sang for two American Presidents, Lyndon Baines Johnson and Gerald Ford. Diana starred in television series Sing Along With Mitch and headlined at the major Las Vegas hotels. In the 1960’s Diana became a country singer and had many hit songs in the Country Billboard charts. The new CD features a collection of songs such as Country Bumpkin, One Day at a Time and her popular hit song Oh Boy. Diana performed at the Urban Country Music Festival in Caboolture in 2010 to launch her autobiography Whatever Happened to Diana Trask. During the national launch Diana caught up with her Frank Ifield (pictured) and they recalled their memories of television shows they had appeared on together and their tour of New Zealand with American comedian Stan Freberg.

Weekday Lunch Specials

Pokie Promotions

Wednesday - Friday 1pm – 2pm

$7.50 Pensioners Meals • Calamari & Chips • Spaghetti Carbonara • Warm Chicken Salad • Beef Burger and Chips • Beer Battered Flathead and Chips

FREE Courtesy Bus 0410 662 297 Wed-Friday - 11am-3pm Burleigh Heads to Broadbeach Nobbys Beach Surf Life Saving Club Cnr Lavarack Road & Albatross Ave, Nobbys Beach - 55 78 6680

Special Reader Offer Diana Trask – Oh Boy CD A newly released CD by one of Australia’s popular singers $20.00 including post Dear Friends, I am so happy and excited to release our new CD Diana Trask Oh Boy. We have been trying for some time to be able to put these songs out as a collection. Many fans have requested these hits in this format, so at last we can comply. With love, Diana

154a Scarborough Street, Southport Ph: 5532 9944 e-mail:

ENTERTAINMENT 6 Days each week

‘AUTUMN’ is Gold Coast artist David Ladley’s aptly named entry in the 2012 Royal Queensland Art Society’s BIGArt125 Awards and Exhibition, running until June 29. David is pictured by his meticulously completed oil and acrylic autumn leaf, the work hanging in the first floor Peter Abraham Gallery at the RQAS Broadbeach. Entry is free.

(ring club for more details)


Key for Two Comedy

THE naughty but nice comedy Key for Two (1 mistress + 2 lovers = a three for all), directed by Cecile Campbell, opens at Gold Coast Little Theatre, Southport on Saturday 16 June. BINGO - 3 Sessions per week Membership Renewals Funny, fast-paced farce in the best British tradition, (ring club for session times) 1 year $5 Key for Two provides the audience with plenty of laughs and misunderstandings. Attractive Brighton MEMBERS DRAW 3 years $12 resident Harriet’s husband is in prison in Peru. So Every Friday at 6pm & 8pm to make ends meet, she manages to entertain two Every Sunday - 2 Draws between 3pm - 6pm ‘gentleman callers’ in her apartment, by means of an invisible mother and a very strictly maintained diary. Then her friend Ann arrives with a matrimonial crisis of her own, other visitors come and go and the lies start mounting up! The Gold Coast Little Theatre is sponsored by WHK Group Ltd - the financial services firm Offer valid until Saturday 14th July that offers better advice at Robina, Broadbeach, Helensvale & The Pines only for a better life. Key for Two runs at the Gold Coast Little Theatre 21a Scarborough Street, Southport from 16 June to 7 July 2012. It plays 8.00 pm Thursday to Saturday with Sunday matinees at 2.00 pm on 24 June and 1 July. Ticket prices for most performances are $25.00 and concessions are available. Book with the Broadbeach - 3 Oracle Boulevarde (off Elizabeth Ave) Ph 5570 1104 GCLT box office on 5532 Robina Town Centre Ph 5562 2053 - next to Big W, Robina 2096 or online at


Simply send the form below. All orders will be dispatched within two working days of cheque/ money order clearance. Please PRINT CLEARLY your name/address/phone number, and mail with cheque or money order to Trask Enterprises.

To: Trask Enterprises PO Box 200, Canterbury, Vic 3126 Yes! Please send me the CD Diana Trask Oh Boy. I enclose my Cheque/Money Order for $20.00 Name: ........................................................................................................................ Address: .................................................................................................................... .......................................................................... Phone: ............................................ $20 including Postage Or Diana Trask Oh Boy can be purchased from



MERMAID BEACH BOWLS CLUB 9 Markeri Street Mermaid Beach - PH


In NEW air-conditioned Area


Monday ............ Club Closed Tuesday ............ 10.30am .... $500 & $1000 Wednesday ...... 1pm ............. $100, $300 & $1000 ......... 7.30pm ... 2x$250, $500 & $1000 Friday ............... 10.30am .... $500 & $1000 ................... 7.30pm .... $500 & $1000 Saturday ........... 12.30pm .... $500 & $1000 ................... 7.30pm ... 2 X $250, $1000 Sunday .............. 10am ......... 2 x $250 & $1000

FAME TRIVIA - Every Thursday - 7.00pm “FREE”






Wednesdays, Fridays - 2 Courses (Menu changes weekly)

CLUB MERMAID BISTRO Open Tue-Sat Lunch & Dinner PH 55723463 - 9 Markeri Street Mermaid Beach June 2012 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 39

‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . .

Page 40 - Gold Coast Seniors - June 2012

Back to Broadway back due to popular demand ‘BACK to Broadway” is back due to popular demand! Performed by Gold Coast Pops Orchestra (also known as Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra). The program features popular tunes from classic hits such as Phantom of the Opera, Oklahoma, Evita, Les Miserables and many more. The Gold Coast Pops Orchestra is proud to present guest artists, Liza Beamish and Andrew Pryor. With her angelic soprano voice, Liza has wowed audience all over Australia and internationally, and

Andrew is a wonderfully gifted tenor with powerful tones well known to Opera Queensland. Conducted by our favourite maestro Barry Singh, this concert is guaranteed to be an audience pleaser! On Sunday 24nd June 2012 at 2.30pm at the Albert Waterways Community Centre, Mermaid Waters. Tickets: Adults $40, Concession $35, Students 18+ $25, School students $10 Tickets can be purchased online with credit card by visiting our website,, or alternatively by phoning (07) 5536 6063 or (07) 5513 1083.

Australian Girls Choir at Broadwater Parklands THIS is an event not to be missed. As part of its 2012 national tour, the Australian Girls Choir will present a free performance at The Porch, located at the Broadwater Parklands, Southport, on Wednesday July 18 starting at 12.30pm. For over 25 years, the Australian Girls Choir, the country’s leading performing arts organisation for

girls, has been “entertaining audiences around the world with inspirational performances” of singing, choreography and spectacular stage presentation. Today the AGC has over 3,900 choristers in training in major centres throughout the country. For more information see

Australian Arm Band Concert THE Gold Coast City Council invites you to Morning Melodies at Robina on Thursday 12th July 11.30am at Robina Community Centre. Since its formation in 1949, the Australian Army Band Brisbane has enjoyed a reputation as one of the finest military bands in Aus-

tralia. Known and admired for its great versatility, the Australian Army band Brisbane enjoys a wide reputation for its musical excellence and impressive military appearance. No booking required. Raffle to support Robina Red Cross.

Lions Tales Southport Lions Club Inc We will be acting as Road Marshalls and operating an aid station at the coming Gold Coast Marathon.

We will also be operating a BBQ at Bunnings, Olsen Ave. branch on the 8th July. We would like to contribute more to the community but we need new members to assist. Visitors are most welcome. Contact Secretary Russell on 5591 1189. Robina Lions Club Inc This month we are selling Footy Doubles at the Skilled Park Stadium for Titans, operating a BBQ on 15th June at Bunnings Burleigh and our most important function, our Movie Carnival. If there are any local residents who would like to support us by donating $20.00 to help cover our costs please

phone Robina Lions 0400 147 660. We are always ready to welcome new members so phone us & come along and join in the fun at Bond University on 2nd and 4th Wednesday. The Lions Club of Gold Coast Tallebudgera Inc The Changeover and 1st Charter Anniversary Dinner will be held on 5th June at the Palm Beach Soccer ClubThe night has been organised to include fine food, games and prizes. All current Office Bearers have been elected for a second term and we would love to see as many people there as possible. For more information about this or our fundraising Christmas in July Dinner,

held on Tuesday 31st July at the Palm Beach Soccer Club, contact our Secretary on 0417 425 466 or email The Lions Club of Mudgeeraba Inc The Mudgeeraba Lions assisted the Mudgeeraba SubBranch of the RSL again this year, with the annual ANZAC Day events held in the Memorial Hall. This followed the ANZAC Day March along Railway Street to the Elsie Laver Park for the Sunset Ceremony. New members are always welcome to assist your Community in Friendship and Service Projects, Phone 0478 094 896.

Deliciously Yours!!


specialises in delicious home-made cakes, Scone with Jam quiches, sandwiches, wraps… & Whipped Cream and so much more! ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓

and a Pot of

High Teas are available Tea for 1 We can cater for any function - large or small. ONLY $6.65 Centrally located in the new Woolworths Carrara Centre Plenty of FREE parking at the door Fresh, Hot, (including disabled carparks) Toasted Banana ✓ Groups of any size welcome any time Bread and a Woolworths Carrara Centre Shop 5, 54 Manchester Rd, Carrara - Ph 5594 1115

standard Tall Coffee

ONLY $8.90

NEWSPAPERS ABN 26 089 559 697

P.O. Box 1062, Tewantin, Qld. 4565


SENIORS NEWS Circle Dancing

FOR Hundreds of years European, Mediterranean and Celtic countries Fax: (07)5474 4975 Email: have been dancing in a circle to celebrate events such as Weddings, FUTON sofa/double QUEEN size mattress Births, the agricultural cycle and the BOOK case large pine CURTAINS 2 pair connection between human beings and bed, black cotton with Bellisimo. 4 mths old exc. cond. $65 ono. Regency stripe block nature. tubular frame. $150. show room cond. $350 Ph 07 5524 4703. out gold and cream Some of us long to dance but do not ono. cash only. Ph 07 Banora Point. with valances. 210cm Ph 5594 4214. feel that we have the training or the Carrara. 5547 5072. Ormeau. drop x 170 cm wide. grace, or that our bodies lack the ease CABINET wooden, Valances. 35cm drop LAPTOP Asus 15.4" of former years. RECLINERS leather rustic colour. Leadlight Dualcore 2Gb ram/ exc. cond. $80 ono Circle Dancing requires no training and (2) as new $350. Will centre panel, three no partner and all the steps are simple the lot. Ph 5599 7586. 160GB hdd DVD sell separate $185 shelves, bottom Windows 7 Office and taught at the begining of each Tweed Heads West. each. Ph 5570 1117. drawer. 1920’s Webcam WiFi $300. dance. Bundall. 210cmHx107cmW exc DINING chairs oak Ph 5528 0671. To Circle Dance you need to be able to cond. $165. Ph 0422 finish 6 chairs upholSHOES Rockport, move freely and to raise your arms to 263 572. stered in greenish blue LAPTOP hp pavilion, never worn. Ladies shoulder height, to turn, to do walking, hardly used exc cond. material. $35 ea. Ono. size 8, brown leather waltzing and grapevine steps, all of Bought $1400 sell CARVED set of Ph 5535 8996. Miami. $400. 18mths old. Suit lace ups. Paid $159, mahogany library sell $50. Ph 5556 anyone Ph 0423 624 stairs. Exc cond. DINNER set German 0628. Helensvale. 81cm high $300. Ph china Arzbert 6 dinner, 727. Molendinar. SLEEP apnea ma5520 3125. Varsity supper, soup. Plus 6 LOUNGE brown chine res Med C Pap Lakes. piece tea set includes leather 3 seater. 6 S6 exc. cond. light mths old. $499. Ph tea pot. Like new. CASIO men’s watch, 5536 4867 or 0410 700 weight model in black $190 ono. Ph 5562 brand new, 10 year carry bag. $500. 366. 0886. Robina. battery, blue dial, date Humidifier also MOBILITY scooter lift display. Half jewelers DOOR solid timber available. Ph 5534 price $55. Ph 0448 new lead light 2meters Mod. Bruno ASL250 3953. Currumbin. electric. Fits onto 320 388. Hope Island. 4 x 85 towbar. New $2300 THOMAS train tracks, sell $500. Ph 5522 COMPUTER desk and $280.00 Ph.0430 022 carriages, bridge, 4100. Elanora . chair. GC $100. Ph 433 Upper Coomera station $300. Can sell 5577 2686. Paradise separately, great for PAPER shredder (8 DVDs $5 ea Henry Point little hands all plastic. pieces) GC. $20. Ph V11, Charles 11, Ph 0413 674 858. CORNER lounge suite Summer Wine, Ronnie 5579 8449. Clear Palm Beach. Island Waters. blue + 1 single seater Barker, Joyce Grenfell, TOOL box, deluxe on in VGC $450 ono. Ph Still Games. Used PHYSIO fit vibrate massager never used, castors. 12 drawer, 0409 221 658. Varsity once. Ph 0429 900 comes with exercise also lock up doors. Lakes. 639. poster and user Cost $1200 sell $495 CRUTCHES alum FRIDGE manual. Unit asGC. Ph 0423 216 249. underarm as new $40, Westinghouse two sembled and will Varsity Lakes. wheel chair, folding door 530ltr frost free, require ute or van etc UMBRELLA large to move. $150. Ph repaired GC $60. Ph exc. cond. $300 pick Shelta patio umbrella 0437 732 575. 07 5526 4023. up please. Ph 5535 complete with stand Helensvale. Southport. 7825. Burleigh Heads. and weather cover. VGC $100. Ph 5537 5564. Biggera Waters.

FREE For Sale Classifieds Only ONE FREE FOR SALE classified is allowed per person per month. No other sorts of Classifieds, ie: Wanted adverts will not be accepted. The publisher reserves the right to decline, edit and reduce the number of classifieds appearing due to space available in the newspaper. Due to these space constraints sometimes not all adverts will appear in the one month, but may be placed in the following month. You can write up to 20 words per advert, but make sure that your contact phone number, and the selling price are clearly stated.

these are taught. An ear for music also helps as well as an open-ness to sharing a dance space with others in the shape of a circle. All you are required to wear is comfortable clothes and suitable shoes. U3A North Gold Coast with our Tutor Judith Keller will conduct a workshop in Circle Dancing Friday 22nd June 1.00pm to 3.00pm at Labrador Community Centre, Billington Street, Labrador. All welcome. Contribution $2.00. Regular classes in Circle Dancing will commence Thursday 12th July 10.30 to 12.00. For more information come in and see us or phone 5529 0583 from 9.00am to 3.00pm Monday to Friday.

Seniors Twospeed Crossword Solution from page 50

WASHING machine Simpson less than 4 yrs old water saver model as new $300. Ph 5576 3290. Burleigh. WATCH collector’s item ladies silver small dress style, Gerard Perregaux 17 jewel, (number on inside case) offers call Ph 5535 5612. Burleigh

Items for sale must not exceed $500. Please submit FREE classifieds only by post, fax or email to our office by 25th of each month. (No adverts will be accepted over the telephone.) Wanted items are no longer accepted. Conditions apply: Free For Sale classifieds are for private party advertising only. No business adverts accepted. Please print the first word of your classified in CAPITALS, and the rest of the advert should be in lower case. All adverts must be accompanied by the name, address and phone number of the person placing the advertising. POST your adverts to: ‘GCT Free 4 Sale,’ Gold Coast/Tweed Seniors Newspaper, P O Box 1062, Tewantin Q. 4565. FAX adverts to: 5474 4975 EMAIL: (All emailed adverts must be in lower case, except for the first word, which should be in capitals.)

Brain Training Solutions from page 51 Mobile Code: 1. Vote 2. Party 3. Bench 4. Cabinet 5. Minster Add Up: 36 Copycats: 1. 14 2. Rabbit 3. Tiles 4. Cube 5. Sheep June 2012 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 41

SENIORS NEWS Seniors Twospeed Crossword CRYPTIC CLUES

STRAIGHT CLUES ACROSS 5 Depot 7 Cunning 8 Memento 10 Man’s name 12 Gives energy to 14 Bully 20 Take orders 21 Put up 22 High ball 23 Make quick search (4,6) DOWN 1 Dress material 2 Hedge 3 Moving 4 Donkeys 5 Tatters 6 Girl’s name 9 Childish 11 Lubricator 13 Used a sieve 15 Implement 16 Churchman 17 Borneo people 18 Turns off course 19 Picture puzzle

ACROSS 5 Use horse to present place to keep supplies 7 Cunning, being originally sneaky, like you! 8 Trace of things from more licentious days 10 The man for Christmas maybe 12 Infuses vigour as sees reign change 14 Be dictatorial when platform concluded 20 Comply with order to be yielding in part 21 Put up, tall and straight 22 Left old boy’s first high ball at tennis 23 Turn the head to make a quick search (4,6) DOWN 1 Nothing obnoxious

Auspac Media

about this dress fabric 2 Obstacle for receiver of stolen goods 3 Moving away with medal one received 4 Waters around singular work animals 5 Dress hard to alter so tears to pieces 6 Australian model in gown seller’s market 9 Not very sensible bit of certain anecdotes 11 One who lubricates hard worker without head 13 First food diets changed as coarse parts separated 15 Nothing left to first implement 16 Monastery head starts at bottom before on top 17 Year in Australian trousers for people from Borneo

18 Swerves to sever action 19 Fun with pictures concerning public transport Answers on page 48

Facts and oddities of the English language AEGILOPS: 8 letters long, is the longest word with its letters arranged in alphabetical order.

Great time for lovers of piano

presents tours


LAKE EYRE & CHANNEL COUNTRY Join Graham for a brilliant day out from Brisbane including a visit to the Birdsville Hotel - 16th June & 7th July

OUTBACK AIR SAFARI Including Lake Eyre 9 fantastic days with Graham & Deb to Central Australia & the Kimberley

DON’T miss “the best concert of the year”. Six virtuoso pianists will be chosen from 30 outstanding young Australian pianists after a weekend of exciting competition. A great time for lovers of piano. The Australian Society for Keyboard Music – Gold Coast will be holding its seventh Open Piano Competition 2012 at the Robina Community Centre on the weekend of June 16/17. Contestants from around the country will perform a programme of recital pieces for adjudicators over two days of heats. Six finalists will be chosen to perform in the finale recital to be held on Sunday June 17 from 6pm, with place prizes and special awards totalling over $5000 presented. The Mudgeeraba Foundation is the major sponsor. The competition and recital will be open to the public, with single Adult admission per heat $7; Concession $5; Students $5. Finale recital: Adults $30; Con-

1800 654 541 or 4654 3155

FUNERAL SERVICE Why pay too much . . . ? Offering you a very personal service to care for your needs and stay within your budget . . . Price from $3,800 includes: Doctors certificate Memorial book Floral Tribute Death Certificate

Pre-arranged funeral plans available from $2000

Phone 1300 311 747 Page 42 - Gold Coast Seniors - June 2012

THE club meets on the 4th Sunday of the month, at Lady Small Haven, 60 Allchurch Avenue, Benowa. The concerts starts at 1.30. p.m. Doors open at 1.00. p.m. All are welcome, please come and join us for an afternoon of music, tea and coffee will be provided during the interval.


at Clouds of Montville

• • • •

Rhapsody Music Club

Holiday in the Hinterland

10th-18th September from Brisbane

• Transfer of deceased • Quality coffin • Chapel service • Celebrant / Minister • Cremation

cession $15; Students $10. Weekend passes: Adults $ 30; Concession $25; Students $10. All tickets available at the door. For further information, please call Margaret Millard on (07) 5575-8763 or Jennifer Newcomb on 5573-3833 or visit

All areas Brisbane & GC

Everyone has a story Available Sunday to Thursday ONLY 3 Nights accommodation for 2 in a self contained/air conditioned ground floor GARDEN UNIT Plus Cooked breakfast each morning served to your unit

TOTAL PRICE $285 per couple

SAVE $207 on our normal mid-week rates! OR 5 Nights accommodation for 2 in a self contained/air conditioned ground floor GARDEN UNIT Plus Cooked breakfast each morning served to your unit

TOTAL PRICE $425 per couple SAVE $395 on our normal mid-week rates! us Now 07 5442 9174 “the calm behind Sunshine Coast” Conditions: Must be taken by 30th June 2012 - Not available with any other offer - Seniors Card Holders Only - Subject to normal availability

Your story in print with UNIQUE BIOGRAPHIES We write your life story presented in a beautiful professionally bound book. Contact us for information on our unique service & amazing rates

Ph: 5502 1447 Mobile: 0419 686 837


Introducing â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Central Park String Quartetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

joined the GCPO later, as did Isabel who came out from England in 2005. Ilse and Isabel remain active players in the orchestra, with Lyn joining in on cello for the upcoming concert. The Central Park String Quartet prefers to play classical music, with the four musicians agreeing that â&#x20AC;&#x153;it stretches you a bitâ&#x20AC;?, though they all smile when Isabel says â&#x20AC;&#x153;we never take ourselves too seriously.â&#x20AC;? Ilseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early life in Germany was spent working as a teacher and playing the violin in orchestras. She first started learning the instrument at age 12. Besides music, Ilse enjoys horse-riding, sailing and travelling with her talented musician husband, multi-instrumentalist Lothar Schildhorst. Margaret first started playing the violin at 10, THEY call themselves the Central Park String being banished to the the Central Park String Quartet. The group has washhouse to practice. Quartet, not because had several name Eventually, however, the theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re New York-based changes since being washhouse blues turned but because their weekly founded in the midinto a place on the practice sessions take 1980s by Ilse together school orchestra and a place in a peaceful with the late Ron violin scholarship, with Labrador haven called Hawkins, a highlyMargaret then becoming Central Park. And even respected violinist of his a founding member of though Labrador might time. Ron passed away the Auckland Junior be the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s central in 2007 at age 86. Symphony Orchestra. meeting place, its Ilse, originally from Being a physiotherapist members are happy to Germany and Lyn, a and having five children entertain at venues fourth generation Gold put music on hold for a around the Gold Coast. Coaster, first met a number of years but it is Violinists Ilse number of years ago as now a part of Margaretâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Schildhorst and Marga- players in the Gold life again. ret King, viola player Coast Philharmonic Before arriving in Isabel Smith and cellist Orchestra. New Australia, Isabel had Lyn Anderson make up Zealander Margaret regular viola positions

with the Scottish National Orchestra and The BBC Concert Orchestra. Freelance work included a run of Bernsteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Candide in Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s West End; many concerts with Orquesta SinfĂłnica de MĂĄlaga, and playing in an ensemble specialising in contemporary chamber music. Lynâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quiet dry humour comes through when she explains that her â&#x20AC;&#x153;orchestra debut was in Sydney many years ago at Taronga Park Zoo, near the elephant enclosure. I trust they still remember the occasion.â&#x20AC;? Lyn joined the Gold Coast Philharmonic in 1985, discovering â&#x20AC;&#x153;lots about orchestral management, and much joy in playing music at the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;deep endâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on cello or bass.â&#x20AC;? Take a bow, Central Park String Quartet, continuously playing since the mid-1980s with thanks to Ilse Schildhorst, and still using Ron Hawkinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; music. Pictured (l-r standing) are Margaret King, Ilse Schildhorst and Isabel Smith, with Lyn Anderson seated in front.

Announcing the lucky winner of our latest book give-away! One of our readers will soon be having a good chuckle over the yarns in John Gilfoyleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d Better Bloody Believe It!â&#x20AC;? Congratulations go to Nona Beachley of Nerang who entered last monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s competition and is the winner of a copy of the book. It is a collection of stories, yarns and poems from John â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Gillyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Gilfoyle and John â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Robboâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Robbins plus stories from others they have met over the last 50 years â&#x20AC;&#x201C; stories of real Aussie characters and they are all true - well mostly so!

Love is in the Air in Tweed FAME the Musical, directed by Annie Loctoki, may be a well known movie and TV series about the gritty side of the theatre but it is actually full of romantic stories including a real life romance which blossomed on the stage. The show, being presented by the Tweed Theatre Company (TTC), has six main characters who all begin as freshman at the Performing Arts School in New York. The story weaves 3 love stories around these characters while in real life the TTC cast has its own love story.

Welcome to a puzzle fitness workout aimed at improving your brain power. Boost your mental agility with a session every day in the Mental Gym. Record the time you take to complete each puzzle and you can keep track of your ever increasing mental strength.

If PEER is 7337 on this phone keypad, which political terms have the following numbers?













1 8683 2 72789


If the number in each circle is the sum of the two below it, what is the top number?

Gold Coast Family History Society

Tune in for these

5 64647837





5 B7;3

Choose the answer that best copies the pattern. 1 %ISTOAS.ISTOssss 2 BRUSH is to FOX as SCUTISTO-OUSEs"ADGERs2ABBITs3CORPIONs 0EACOCK 3 DIRECT is to TIRED as SILENT is to: TiLESs)NLETsTiNESs,IENSs3TEIN 4 #)2#,%ISTO30(%2%AS315!2%ISTO"LOCKs#ONEs#UBEs6 ECTORs 0YRAMID 5 ,50).%ISTO7/,&AS/6).%ISTO#ATs&ISHs$OGs3HEEPs'OAT

A Special Nostalgia Radio Service from

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rhythm Showcaseâ&#x20AC;? Brisbane, Queensland, AUSTRALIA 1pm Mondays; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theatre Organ Memoriesâ&#x20AC;? 1-30pm Fridays; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Great Hymnsâ&#x20AC;? 8-30pm Sundays; and plus old Serials; Classic Comedy; the Great â&#x20AC;&#x153;Relaxing Musicals; Jazz, Swing & Big Band; Sing-A-Long â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Till Midnightâ&#x20AC;? shows; and even Birthday 10-30pm nightly! and Cheerio calls - 24 Hours a day, every day!

Bringing you your favourite music from the 20s through to the 60s To listen to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silver Memoriesâ&#x20AC;?, just get one of our special radios available from 4MBSClassic FM for just $85 each


3 23624 4 2224638





Ensemble cast members, Lara Wilkinson, (16 years) and Guy Williams (18 years) met 2 years ago. Guy is originally a hip hop dancer while Lara is an actor and singer with 4 major shows under her belt. The show opens 29th June and runs for 7 performances over 2 weekends at the Tweed Heads Civic and Cultural Centre, cnr of Wharf and Brett St. Bookings are online at,phoning1800 674 414 or at Tweed and Murwillumbah Tourist Centres.

ON Friday 22nd June 2012 there will be an Introduction to Family History Research from 9am-11am by the Gold Coast Family History Society. The class will be held in Room 3 in the Nerang Bicentennial Centre, Nerang Southport Rd, Nerang. If you have ever wondered how your family came to be living in Australia or if you have any convict ancestors please come along and see how enjoyable family research can be. Please book by phoning Karen on 5533 3693, or Pam on 5594 0610.



Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all for a good cause too â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Brother Paul Murphyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s street kids of Manila. The proceeds of the sales of this collection of outback tales will go to help him carry on his wonderful work. 100% of sale proceeds will be donated to his Kuya Centre for Street Children. Readers can order copies of this and John Gilfoyleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other books at or they are available at Dymocks Bookstores, Books of Buderim or Samford Museum.

Plus postage & Handling if needed It works on 240v. or Batteries, and picks up all other FM stations too!

Phone: 3847 1717 to order yours TODAY!


June 2012 - Gold Coast Seniors - Page 43

Page 44 - Gold Coast Seniors - June 2012

Gold Coast Tweed Seniors Newspaper June 2012  

Gold Coast Tweed Seniors Newspaper June 2012

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you